Andy Anderson and the Peaceful Valley Boys appear to have been based in
In May of 1949, the group recorded four sides for Columbia Records.
His band, the Peaceful Valley Boys consisted of Frog Collins, on steel guitar;
Gene Elby, bass; and, Jimmie Rich, who played the accordion and played
the role of lead rhythm.
Andy was also a songwriter and penned a couple of the tunes they recorded.
His daughter notes that he had several tunes copyrighted, but were
Shortly after making these recordings, Andy was drafted into the military
service. Billboard magazine reported in its December 9, 1950 edition
that Andy had joined the U. S. Army and was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Around this same time, he met the lady he would eventually marry
on January 13, 1951 and will be celebrating their 57th year together next
In January of 1951, Columbia records was revamping its roster of artists
including the country music field. Don Law was the A and R person at the time
leading the changes. At that time Columbia dropped such artists as Al Dexter,
Bob Atcher, Ted Daffan and Andy Anderson as well.
His youngest daughter tells us that Andy was always playing the guitar
and singing in the home through the years.
In 1954, Andy was part of a show called the Ray Jewelers show. The show
aired once a week for over a year. Fans who recall this show would remember
Andy singing the jingle, "Charge it, charge it Mr. Ray". The show was
broadcast over WTOC out of Savannah, Georgia.
Andy and his wife had seven children. Today, their family also includes
16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Credits & Sources
- Hillbilly-Music.com wishes to express its appreciation
to Angela Anderson Sheffield, daughter of Andy Anderson for providing us
with photos and other information about her father's musical career and life.
- Hillbilly-Music.com wishes to thank author Wayne W. Daniel, ("Pickin'
On Peachtree") for providing us with the information and citations from Billboard magazine.
- Billboard; September 2, 1950; page 33
- Billboard; December 9, 1950; page 26
- Billboard; January 20, 1951; page 11