Hailed as radio's favorite basso, sometimes called the "deep sea basso".
His best-known song back then was "The Big Bass Viol". He was a regular on Saturday nights on
the National Barn Dance. Joe was a native of Indianapolis, IN, attended
Culber Military Academy and also aspired to be a dancer.
He broke his leg playing football, thereby deciding that singing was
to be his career. The story goes that he came to Chicago to sell
chewing gum, got a job in a musical show and worked his way through
He had a variety of stage experience, too, including four years
in the grand opera in New York, a long term in the New York
Joe was also an inspector they say at a war plant.
Timeline and Trivia Notes
Group Members included:
- Married; 3 children
- Voice ranged three octaves, from B flat to high G