August 1953 sees New York had one of country music's 'biggest'
entertainers in "Tiny" Joe Simpson. They wrote "...take 100 pounds
of squeeze-box (accordion) rhythm, plus 100 pounds of sweet
warbling, plus another 100 pounds of great song writing...". Tiny
was a native of Florida and got his break when he was 17, in 1937,
by joining Zeb Carter and the Country Cousins at the Village Barn
in New York City.
Later, Tiny played accordion with Elton Britt and Eddie
Zack's Dude Ranch and also on Hayloft Jamborees in Providence and
Tiny also appeared on "Uncle" Tom George's 'Saturday Night, Country Style'
program over the NBC network and also with Burt Hilber on his Dumont
Network television show.
Tiny had a group "The Blue Sky Ramblers" back around mid-1953 and were
said to be in their sixth month of appearances at the Palm Terrace in Brooklyn.
Credits & Sources
- Country Song Roundup, August 1953, American Folk Publications