According to a newspaper article in 1976, Maggie and Scottie Swan started
the Chippewa Valley Barn Dance in 1948. The program aired over radio
station WEAU out of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, 790 on the AM band.
The duo had a bit of popularity in the Eau Claire area. About 1954, we find
another mention of them in a national publication. THey were still
at WEAU and had enjoyed a typical summer of personal appearances at venues
such as festivals, fairs and celebrations over a four state area.
The article mentioned they had finished a six-month transcription series for the American
Dairy Association. In 1954, they signed a contract with Doughboy Mills of Minneapolis,
Minnesota to do over 70 personal appearances in the coming year.
Maggie and Scotty (or as seen on the postcard, Scottie) Swan owned, managed and booked
their show. Other members of the group in 1954 are listed below.
Timeline & Trivia Notes
- Maggie Swan
- Scottie Swan
- Bob Meadows, steel guitar
- Johnny Tona, fiddle
- Chip Morgan, guitar
- Jerry Jeter, bass
Credits & Sources
- "Broadcasting Arrives Early in the Area"; Eau Claire Leader-Telegram; July 4, 1976
- Cowboy Songs; No. 31; January-February 1954; American Folk
Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT