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Otto and His Novelodeons
WLS National Barn Dance

An interesting group that performed on the WLS Barn Dance. They could be humorous, then turn right around and do a serious number with the nicest music you could ever hear. So much of a contrast, that you may have wondered if they were the same group.

By 1939, they were a seven-piece orchestra. Each was said to be able to play at least two instruments. Otto was the leader and really a fine musician, though his comedy act as Little Genevieve was what he is remembered for most of the time.

Timeline and Trivia Notes

Group Members included:

  • Rene (Zeb) Hartley
  • Ted (Otto) Morse (known for his act as Little Genevieve)
  • George (Bill) Thall
  • Art Wenzel
  • Ted (Buddy) Gilmore

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