Chuck Harding's musical background was a bit different than most hillbilly
musicians of the day. He was a trained musician and taught fretted instruments
at the Chicago School of Music for three years.
The Colorado Cowhands were a group of artists that were quite spread out
in their roots. R.T. Mercer, was from Dyer, Tennesse and sang the 'more
serious folk ballads' and Spanish guitar. Pee Wee Truehitt (or was it Truckett as
mentioned in the caption with the picture?) was out of Waco, Texas. As they
often said, he slapped the bass fiddle and offered the comedy parts of the act.
Adrian Childress was from Knobel, Arkansas and played the fiddle and did vocals.
Then there was Jerry La Masters who was a celebrated fiddle virtuoso and was
said to have a remarkable breakdown style. The manager of the group was "Scotty"
who was also Mrs. Chuck Harding.
Around 1950, the group were appearing over radio station KBOA in Kennett, Missouri
where they had a two and half hour show each day. They also made personal appearances
almost nightly in a 300 mile radius around Kennett.
Around that same time, Dome Records signed up Chuck Harding to a recording
contract. Chuck wrote a lot of his own songs and his recordings included tunes
such as "Jump Jackrabbit Jump", "Poor Little Girl", "Bald Headed Boogie", "Cotton
Pickin' Blues", "Talking the Blues" and more.
Chuck also had his tunes recorded by other artists. These tunes, (but they
didn't mention who recorded them) included "I'm Going To Write To Heaven",
"A Picture, A Ring, And A Curl", "Teardrops Every Time It Rains", "I'm
Living In A Lonely World", "Wasted Love" and more.
In addition, Jerry La Masters also cut a record with Dome Records to
spotlight his fiddle mastery - "Back Up And Push" along with "Ozark
Breakdown" and "Way Down Yonder".
Timeline and Trivia Notes
Group Members included:
- Chuck Harding
- R.T. Mercer, Spanish guitar
- Adrian Childress, fiddle
- Pee Wee Truckett (Truehitt?), bass fiddle
Credits & Sources
- Country Song Roundup No. 5; April 1950; Charlton Publishing Corp.;
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