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Denver Darling
Born:  April 6, 1909
Died:  April 27, 1981
WWVA Original Jamboree
WNEW New York, NY
WOR New York, NY

Denver Darling

Denver Darling was born in Cumberland County, Illinois in 1909. He spent his early life on a farm. The farm was a bit isolated from the surrounding towns, so in winter, when he was especially cut off from social contacts, he learned to entertain himself a bit by learning to strum a guitar and singing along.

As he grew older, he would perform at various local community functions and entertain the folks with the songs and ballads of years gone by.

He gained his first bit of broadcast experience while he was attending the Citizens Military Training camp at the Jefferson barracks in St. Louis, Missouri. While there, he did some work with a group of men in training. His commanding officer mentioned to the KMOX studio director that Denver sang old time songs. So, he began to be featured on these weekly broadcasts.

After his training was over, Denver went back to his home in southern Illinois. But the radio bug had gotten into his system and he got work on several stations in the midwest.

Denver Darling WSBT Studio Band

In a song folio we found that is undated but seems to be from around 1930 or early 1930s, radio station WSBT in South Bend, Indiana lured Denver to start working at their station. The management there mentioned they needed the music of his type for their audiences and induced him to come there. Needless to say, their audiences were appreciative of his renditions of the early American tunes. While he was at WSBT, which was owned by the newspaper, the South Bend Tribune, he appeared with just himself and his guitar. But there was mention made of the 'Studio Orchestra' then. There was Ray J. Winter, Donald Smith, Bernard Lenoue, Art Richards and Beldon Leonard, who appeared to play the fiddle. The others, no mention was made as to what instruments they played.

Credits & Sources

  • Favorite Old Time Songs Used by Denver Darling Over WSBT; Publisher Unknown; Date Unknown
  • Portions of Discography Listing courtesy of Hillbilly Reasearcher Team; Tricker, Turner and Sax

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Recordings
 
De Luxe
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  5000 A Pretty Packin’ Mama
  5000 B Old Glory Be A Wavin’
  5001 A No Letter Today
  5001 B Go ‘Long Mule
  5001 C No Letter Today
  5001 D Don’t Wait Too Long To Forgive
  5002 A Say A Prayer For The Boys Over There
  5002 B Mairzy Doates
  5003 A I’m Sending X’s To A Girl From Texas
  5003 B The Honey Song (w/Rosalie Allen)
  5004 A Sweetheart, I Still Remember
  5004 B Have I Stayed Away Too Long?
  5005 A Don’t Sweetheart Me
  5005 B Too Late To Worry Too Blue To Cry
  5006 A No Letter Today
  5006 B Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey
  5007 A Don’t Hang Around Me Anymore
  5007 B Lonesome For Someone
  5008 A Try Me Just One More Time
  5008 B Better Late Than Never
  5009 A Just A Little Song Each Morning And A Prayer Each Night
  5009 B Tears For Souvenirs
  5010 A Don’t Wait Too Long To Forgive
  5010 B I Need Someone (To Tell My Troubles To)
  5011 A Wave To Me My Baby
  5011 A Wave To Me My Lady
  5011 B Silver Stars
  5011 B Silver Stars (Purple Sage, Eyes Of Blue)
  5012 A You Are My Sunshine
  5012 A You Are My Sunshine
  5012 B When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
  5012 B When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
  5013 A Tumbling Tumbleweeds
  5013 A Tumbling Tumbleweeds
  5013 B Twilight On The Trail
  5013 B Twilight On The Trail
  5014 A Cool Water
  5014 A Cool Water
  5014 B My Little Buckaroo
  5014 B My Little Buckaroo
  5015 A I'm Gonna Sue Sioux City Sue
  5015 A I'm Gonna Sue Sioux City Sue
  5015 B I Was Dreaming Someone Else's Dream
  5015 B I Was Dreaming Someone Else's Dream
  5016 A I've Just Gotta Be A Cowboy
  5016 A I've Just Gotta Be A Cowboy
  5016 B Think Of Home
  5016 B Think Of Home
  5019 A Ding Dong Polka
  5019 A Ding Dong Polka
  5019 B A Dollar Ain't A Dollar Anymore
  5019 B A Dollar Ain't A Dollar Anymore
  5020 A I'm Gonna Leave This Old Town
  5020 A I'm Gonna Leave This Old Town
  5020 B I Still Say Your Name In My Prayers
  5020 B I Still Say Your Name In My Prayer
  5034 A Tennessee Central (Number 9)
  5034 A Tennessee Central No. 9
  5034 B Roly Poly
  5034 B Roly Poly
  5036 A Old Shep
  5036 A Old Shep
  5036 B I Couldn't Believe It Was True
  5036 B I Couldn't Believe It Was True
 
Decca
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  46042 A Juke Joint Mama
  46042 B Deep Delta Blues
  46060 A The Letter You Forgot To Write
  46060 B Dust On The Bible
  46225 A Silver Dollar
  46225 B I’m Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes
  6005 A I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes
  6005 A Don't Let Your Sweet Love Die
  6005 B Don't Let Your Sweet Love Die (Like The Flowers In The Fall)
  6005 B I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes
  6008 A Cowards Over Pearl Harbor
  6008 B I'll Pray For You
  6027 A We're Gonna Have To Slap The Dirty Little Jap (And Uncle Sam's The Guy Who Can Do It)
  6027 B Get Your Gun And Come Along (We're Fixin' To Kill A Skunk
  6028 A Hitler's Reply
  6028 B Mussolini's Letter To Hitl
  6033 A Live And Let Live
  6033 B Branded Wherever I Go
  6036 A How Low Do Blues Want To Go
  6036 B You Brought Sorrow To My Heart
  6043 A 1942 Turkey In The Straw
  6043 B Devil & Mr Hitler
  6050 A Cherokee Maiden
  6050 B There Was A Time
  6058 A Silver Dollar
  6058 B Its Your Worry Now
  6061 A Little Brown Jug Goes Modern
  6061 B I'm A Prisoner Of War
  6063 A In The Care Of Uncle Sam
  6063 B Modern Cannon Ball
  6094 A Rosalita
  6094 B When Mussolini Laid The Pistol Down
  6097 A She Never Said A Word
  6097 B The Honey Song
  6111 A Send This Purple Heart To My Sweetheart
  6111 B Conversion (Look God I Have Never Spoken To You)
  9001 A Silver Dew On The Bluegrass Tonight
  9001 B I Wish I Had Never Met Sunshine
  9006 A Easter Sunday On The Prairie
  9006 B When I Gets To Where I'm Goin'
 
DeLuxe
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  5011 A Wave To Me My Lady
  5011 B Silver Stars (Purple Sage, Eyes Of Blue)
  5012 A You Are My Sunshine
  5012 B When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
  5013 A Twilight On The Trail
  5013 B Tumbling Tumbleweeds
  5014 A Cool Water
  5014 B My Little Buckaroo
  5015 A I�m Gonna Sue Sioux City Sue
  5015 B I Was Dreaming Someone Else�s Dream
  5016 A I�ve Just Gotta Be A Cowboy
  5016 B Think Of Home
  5019 A A Dollar Ain�t A Dollar Anymore
  5019 B Ding Dong Polka
  5020 A I�m Gonna Leave This Old Town
  5020 B I�ll Say Your Name In Prayer
  5034 A Roly Poly
  5034 B Tennessee Central (Number Nine)
  5036 A Old Shep
  5036 B I Couldn�t Believe That It Was True
 
MGM
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  10084 A I Come From Missouri
  10084 B When Your Hair Has Turned To Silver (I Will Love You Just The Same)
  10129 A Honest As The Day Is Long
  10129 B Tuck Me To Sleep (In My Old 'Tucky Home)
  10182 A If That's The Way You Want It (That's The Way It's Gonna Be)
  10182 B Little Strands Of Silver (Shining Through The Gold)
  10218 A Heart Trouble
  10218 B I Just Fell Out Of Love With You
  10315 A I'm Sending Roses To Tell You I'm Sorry
  10315 B These Tears Are Not For You
  10587 A No, Thanks
  10587 B Make Up Your Mind To Make Up With Me


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