The Oklahoma Cowboy Band Carla Chlouber

ISBN: 9780738552453

Published: September 1st 2008

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127 pages


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The Oklahoma Cowboy Band  by  Carla Chlouber

The Oklahoma Cowboy Band by Carla Chlouber
September 1st 2008 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 127 pages | ISBN: 9780738552453 | 10.38 Mb

The Oklahoma Cowboy Band was the first western string band in the nation to broadcast over the radio and appear on vaudeville, drawing large audiences throughout the Midwest and Northeast. The band began in Ripley as Billy McGintyas Cowboy Band andMoreThe Oklahoma Cowboy Band was the first western string band in the nation to broadcast over the radio and appear on vaudeville, drawing large audiences throughout the Midwest and Northeast.

The band began in Ripley as Billy McGintyas Cowboy Band and first played over radio station KFRU in Bristow in May 1925. Billy McGinty was a Rough Rider with Theodore Roosevelt and performed in Buffalo Billas Wild West Show.

The public responded to the broadcast of his band with a steady stream of telegrams, telephone calls, and letters asking for more of that old-time cowboy music. Soon Otto Gray and his wife, Mommie, of Stillwater joined the band, with both performing rope tricks, Mommie singing sad songs, and their son, Owen, performing comedy routines as athe Uke Buster.a Renamed Otto Gray and His Oklahoma Cowboys, the band traveled for a decade to such cities as St.

Louis, Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse. Its custom-built Cadillacs drew crowds wherever the band went. By the early 1930s, other acts were copying the bandas cowboy themes and songs, and Otto Grayas lawyers threatened legal action. The lawyers met with only limited success, though, and today the cowboy image is firmly established in country music, thanks in large part to the early success of Billy McGinty, Otto Gray, and the Oklahoma Cowboy Band.



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