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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

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
June 30, 1935
Ripon Auditorium
Ripon, WI
WLS on Parade
June 9, 1937
Linden Horse Show
Linden, IN
June 20, 1937
Silver Lake Park
Brillion, WI
June 19, 1938

Madison, WI
June 26, 1938
Lakeside Pavilion
Guttenburg, IA
WLS Barn Dance Show

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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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