A native of Pennsylvania, Dick Thomas achieved some acclaim as a songwriter in addition
to being a hillbilly singer of songs. He wrote "Sioux City Sue" and
other favorites. Before he took some time off for World War II,
he was making a name for himself in Hollywood night clubs as
master of ceremonies and singer.
He recorded "Sioux City Sue" in July 1945 for a small label and
when it became a hit, it was then recorded by twelve other artists
in quick succession.
Dick grew up on his dad's form, riding the plow horses and dreaming
of "...owning a saddle and riding the wide open spaces...". It wasn't
until he got to Hollywood that those dreams came about.
He started his singing and yodeling in 1934 when he got
hired by "Skipper" Frank SHannon as a yodeling cabin boy on a radio
show called "SS All In Fun" which was heard over WPEN
in Philadelphia from the Metropolitan Opera House.
He had a yearning to do more than sing about the west, so he packed
it up and with his wife, "Mickey" and son, "Dicky", they made their
way to California. He got into some western pictures and later, his
own radio program over KFWB (now an all news radio station) in
Hollywood. He was also on the "Lamplighter" program that was aired
over the Mutual Don Lee Network and was hosted by Ted Yerxa.
In mid-1953, he had just recorded "A Stolen Waltz".
Credits & Sources
- Cowboy Songs No. 27 (July 1953); American Folk Publications,
Inc.; Derby, CT.
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