Don Messer started studying music witha well-known professor they said
in Boston, Massachusetts, but that article in 1953 didn't mention who it was.
He studied for five years then returned to St. John in New Brunswick,
Canada. He organized a group, calling it "The Backwoods Trio" which
included a violin, piano and banjo.
That band kept gaining popularity and the CBS network asked them to
become a daily feature and also increase the size of their band. When
the extra musicians were added, the band became known as "The Lumberjacks".
In 1939, he joined radio station CFCY in Charlottetown, Prince Edward
Island and formed a band that became known as Don Messer and His Islanders.
The popularity of the group took off, gaining them a show on the network
as well as recording with the Apex Records label.
Don is a member of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. We thought
we'd at least get started with a small writeup on him as we go along. We have
found several sites that provide more information about Don Messer's career.
We invite you to check them out and if you find other sites of interest, by
all means, let us know.
Credits & Sources
- Country Song Roundup No. 22; February 1953; American Folk Publications, Inc.;
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