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Originally, Curley's group was known as the Santa Fe Trail Riders. Later on, when the Opry came calling, they had to change their name. Curley at the time was using his real name, Dock. However, there was a fellow named Doc Williams (Andrew Smik) and His Border Riders using that name on the famed WWVA Wheeling Jamboree. So, George D. Hay, the Solemn Old Judge, named him Curley for his curly hair and the band got the name Georgia Peach Pickers since most of them were from Georgia.
Wayne M. Daniel writes that Curley Williams and the Georgia Peach Pickers and their music would be remembered by fans of old time hillbilly/country music as Colin Escott notes, for their "light, jazzy, sophisticated western dance music." He cites Mountain Broadcast and Prairie Recorder, for calling the Georgia Peach Pickers "one of the best hillbilly swing bands".
While the band was on the west coast, they appeared in a Columbia movie entitled "Riders Of the Lone Star", a Durango Kid series western that starred Charles Starrett. The movie also included such stars as Smiley Burnette, Virginia Hunter, Steve Darrell, Edmund Cobb, Mark Dennis, George Chesebro, Lane Bradford, Ted Mapes, Peter Perkins, Eddie Parker, Nolan Leary and Bud Osborne notes Mr. Daniel. In the movie, Curley and the band get to play and sing "Oh Monah" and "Let Me By". They even accompany Smiley Burnett on a couple of tunes and played a dance tune at a birthday party.
Later on, Curley and the band recorded a series of short takes of individual songs with an old friend of his from the Grand Ole Opry days, Tommy Scott. These short films were made at the Strickland Film Company in Atlanta, Georgia. The band did such tunes as "Barbecue Rag", "No, Not Now", "Southern Belle (from Nashville Tennessee)". These songs were apparently released as videos later by Cattle Records.
Timeline and Trivia Notes
New Group Members later, on west coast (Jimmy Selph had stayed behind in Nashville):
New Group members later, in Shreveport, Louisiana
Group members in Memphis, Tennessee
Group members, Anniston, Alabama
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