Harry Rodcay was one of the few artists who were a native of America's 50th state,
Hawaii. He grew up on a ranch and well, like any type of cowboy in those days,
he would often find himself entertaining the other ranch hands after the long
day's work was done.
His goal was to be a professional entertainer. No mention was found of how his
career took him from Hawaii to working with the legendary Country Music Hall of Famer,
Connie B. Gay back in the Washington, DC area over radio station WARL out of
From there, he landed a six month engagement at the Bismarck Hotel in
Other personal appearances included guest shots on the WSM Grand Ole Opry
as well as with such Opry stars as Ernest Tubb, Little Jimmy Dickens,
Jimmy Wakely and Don Kidwell.
For two years, he entertained the US troops in the Far East as part of the
Special Services Road Shows.
Around 1954 or so, Harry signed on with Cliffie Stone and became a part
of the long running popular show the "Hometown Jamboree". In the summer
of 1954, the show moved from the famed AMerican Legion Stadium in El Monte,
California to the Harmony Park Ballroom in Anaheim, California.
The show aired five days a week over KXLA out of Pasadena, California.
On Saturdays, the show was seen over Channel 13, KCOP-TV in Anaheim at 7:30pm.
In early 1954, Hoedown Magazine reported that Harry had the number one
record with his Imperial Records recording of "My Heart Keeps On Beatin'".
Lou Stevens, of KXLA at that time, was touting Harry as an up and coming singer
to pay attention to as well.
A feature article on Cliffie Stone in 1958 mentions that Harry was still
a star of the Hometown Jamboree and made note of the snazzy western outfits
he always wore in his appearances.
Sources & Credits
- Cowboy Songs; No. 29; November 1953; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT
- Country Song Roundup; No. 33; July-August 1954; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT
- Cowboy Songs; No. 37; September-October 1954; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT
- Hillbilly & Western Hoedown Magazine; Vol 1 No. 7; March 1954;
Hoedown, Inc.; Cincinnati, Ohio
- Country & Western Jamboree; Spring 1958; Yearbook;
Maher Publications, Inc.; Chicago, Illinois
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