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Joe Parsons
WLS National Barn Dance

About The Artist

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 musical college.

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 Hippodrome.

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

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