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George Goebel
Born:  May 20, 1919
Died:  February 24, 1991
WLS National Barn Dance
KMOX St. Louis, MO
WDOD Chattanooga, TN
WENR Chicago, IL
WLS Chicago, IL
WMAQ Chicago, IL

About The Artist

Georgie Goebel

Back in 1934, they called him "Little Georgie Goebel" and was the youngest of the crew and said to be one of the best loved. The picture above was when he was 14 years old. Started singing on WLS when he was 13. They said that if you ever heard him sing "Danny Boy" you were sure to never forget it. He sang cowboy ballads so well on the Barn Dance shows that Hal (O'Hallorhan) called him "our little cowboy".

Along about 1937 or so, they noted that Georgie's voice had changed from soprano to tenor. They used to call him the 'littlest cowboy', but he outgrew that.

George must have grew up in a hurry, for at a very young age, learned to fly and owned his own airplane!

Later on in life, he ventured into other areas of show business and was quite a comic. Those who were lucky enough to watch Johnny Carson's show one time when he was on with Dean Martin and Bob Hope will remember he was able to get everyone roaring. You can see that appearance on Johnny's show in one of those Videos of the Best of Johnny Carson.

Timeline and Trivia Notes

  • Started with the Barn Dance as a teen ager back in the mid-1930's

Credits & Sources

  • From WLS Family Album 1934, Published by WLS, the Prairie Farmer Station, 1230 West Washington Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois.

Appearance History This Month

August 1, 1935
Strand Theatre Lansing, MI
WLS Merry-Go-Round
August 2, 1935
Strand Theatre Lansing, MI
WLS Merry-Go-Round
August 8, 1937
Magee Theater Evansville, WI
WLS Smile-A-While Gang
August 10, 1937
Fulton County Fair Lewistown, IL
WLS National Barn Dance
August 11, 1937
Telle Park Paxton, IL
WLS National Barn Dance
August 12, 1937
Chautauqua Park Pontiac, IL
WLS Smile-A-While Gang
August 14, 1937
Dane County Fair Madison, WI
WLS National Barn Dance
August 15, 1937
Tri-Stae Fair Superior, WI
WLS National Barn Dance
August 16, 1937
Wadena County Free Fair Wadena, MN
WLS On Parade
August 17, 1937
Mankato Fair Mankato, MN
WLS On Parade
August 20, 1937
Vermillion County Fair Cayuga, IN
WLS Roundup
August 24, 1937
Great Darke County Fair Greenville, OH
WLS Merry-Go-Round
August 27, 1937
Harrison County Fair Corydon, IN
WLS Barn Dance
August 28, 1937
Antioch County Fair Antioch, IL

August 29, 1937
Grant County Fair Fairmount, IN
WLS National Barn Dance
August 30, 1937
Graham Farms Fair Washington, IN
WLS National Barn Dance
August 31, 1937
Washtenaw County Fair Ann Arbor, MI
WLS National Barn Dance

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Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

Rec. No. Side Song Title
  8156 A Billy Richardson's Last Ride
  8156 B Berry Picking Time
  8157 A A Cowboy's Best Friend Is His Horse
  8157 B Night Herding Song

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