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Montana Mel and the Sunset Pioneers
WTOL Toledo, OH

"Montana Mel" was fronting the "Sunset Pioneers" over WTOL in Toledo, Ohio in 1954, a band he had formed about a year earlier. A 1954 article mentions he had been doing personal appearances and had been a member of various bands in the area in the five years prior to that.

A 1953 article tells us he was being heard over the air at WTOL at 7:30pm each Saturday night.

Timeline & Trivia Notes
Group Members:

  • Montana Mel
  • Jimmy Estys
  • Carolina Pete
  • Red Anderson
  • Herman

Credits & Sources

  • Country Song Roundup; No. 27; December 1953; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT
  • Country Song Roundup; No. 31; May 1954; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT

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