His real name was John Stockdale, but was known to the radio listeners
as Big John. He was from south western Pennsylvania, born in 1914. When
he was two years old, me moved to H, Kentucky, where his dad had a job at the time.
A few years later, the family moved back to Pennsylvania, then later to
northern West Virginia.
Tragedy struck Big John about one year after he was married for he lost
his eyesight in both eyes and was nearly blind for a year and a half. He stopped
doing his radio work back then. But later, thanks to an operation, he was
able to regain sight out of one eye.
From Latest Edition of Songs You Love To Hear Complete Pictures
and Stories of Big John, Betty and Helen and Baby Bill