Happy-Go-Lucky was his nickname and he got it from his friends
on the WWVA Jamboree. He was said to always look for the laugh
in situations and '...had the happy knack of kicking aside the frown
Joe Barker began his radio career when he was all of fifteen years
old as a singing Evangelist in Akron, Ohio. While he was born in
Clarksburg, West Virginia, his family moved to Akron.
He was married to the singer "Little Shirley" and they made a great team
on WWVA. They both arrived on the scene of the famed WWVA Jamboree in Wheeling
back in 1938.
On the WWVA 3rd Annual Goodwill Tour, he and Curley Miller were the
co-managers of the "Chuckwagon Doughboys" that consisted of Little Shirley,
Sonny Day, Jimmy Hutchinson and Willie Whistle.
They described him as being about six feet tall, weighing 212 pounds
with blue eyes and black hair.