Around 1947 or so, Colorado Pete was playing in Kansas City, MO on KMBC's
weekly Saturday night show, the Barn Dance Follies.
He was said to have gotten his start from encouragement from friends
he would entertain by singing around the proverbial campfire. They urged
him to try out for radio and ever since that time, he was entertaining
audiences at fairs and theaters around the country.
They wrote back then that one of the veteran artists at KMBC reputedly
said that Colorado Pete had a well known smile that Pete claimed had "the
biggest gold tooth east of Cripple Creek". Fans grew to call him their
'smilin' cowboy friend' because of the friendly way he handled himself.
He was also a regular performer on KMBC's daily "Early Bird Jamboree"
and the "Dinnerbell Roundup", too.
Credits & Sources
- From Song and Picture Barn Dance Magazine No. 3, 1947, published by
Song and Picture Barn Dance Magazine, Chicago, IL, Ed Deuss, Editor.