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Homer Spangler
and the Hocking Valley Boys
WAOK Lancaster, OH

Homer Spangler led a group called the Hocking Valley Boys that worked out of radio station WAOK in Lancaster, Ohio in the middle 1950's. Homer also hosted and emceed the Saturday night show, "Hocking Valley Barn Dance" at 6:30pm as well.

The show apparently originated in 1951.

Unfortunately, the article we found do not provide much other details about Homer's career.

The article does make mention that the show had a unique trio of musicians - three eleven-year old steel guitar players—Venton Roby, Donald Lisk, and Frank Edgeton.

Timeline & Trivia Notes

Group members:
  • Homer Spangler, leader, emcee, vocals, guitar
  • Joyce Spangler
  • Johnny Buehler, harmonica, bass, vocals
  • Ray Fast, fiddle, vocals
  • Marion Speelman, guitar
  • Betty Chendle, vocals
  • Tom Mowry
  • Ray Montgomery
  • "Papa" Cliff Beavers
  • Clarence and Elinore Azbell

Credits & Sources

  • Cowboy Songs; No. 31; January-February 1954; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT

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