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Harry Rodcay
Born:  December 30, 1927
Died:  February 3, 2003
Hometown Jamboree
KXLA Pasadena, CA
WARL Arlington, VA

About The Artist

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 Arlington, Virginia.

From there, he landed a six month engagement at the Bismarck Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.

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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Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

 
Imperial
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  8232 A My Heart Keeps On Beatin'
  8232 B Love You Dearly
  8244 A What She Did To Me
  8244 B Don't Tell A Soul
  8280 A Never Never Land
  8280 B If You Won't Say You Love Me
  8295 A Rig-A-Dig-A
  8295 B You Lost Your Chance


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