His real name was Henry Warren and he was born in Taylor County, Kentucky
back in 1903. His dad was a blacksmith and Henry was the oldest of a family
that included five brothers and three sisters.
He was said to often talk of being his dad's right hand man when he was just
fourteen, helping to shoe mules and horses in the shop all day. Afterwards,
he'd walk miles across the hills and hollows of Kentucky just to hear
a fiddler play a tune like "Patty In the Turn Pike" or someone sing a song
like "Barbara Allen".
Before he became an entertainer, Henry worked a variety of jobs - blacksmith,
farmer, soldier, boxer, dairyman. But somewhere, he took a liking to music
and created and directed a group called "Uncle Henry's Original Kentucky
Ironically, that group got its start not in Kentucky, but in Rockford, Illinois (a
town west of Chicago by about 90 miles) over radio station KFLV in 1928. They
said because of his ability to direct a "hill-billy group", he had almost
immediate success and the group was playing personal appearances with his
"Modern and Old time Dance Band" through out the midwest.
But, in 1933, Uncle Henry decided it was time to take the group back to his
native state of Kentucky for what was supposed to just be a two week trip. But
that turned into about seven years.
The group worked for about two years on radio station WLAP out of Lexington, Kansas.
They also stopped at WNOX in Knoxville, Tennessee, WHIS in Bluefield, West Virginia
and four years with WHAS in Louisville, Kentucky. On WHAS, in addition to making
personal appearances, he also appeared on the "WHAS Morning Jamboree Program".
In 1940, the group moved back up to Chicago, Illinois and started appearing
on the "Suppertime Frolic Program".
Jimmie Dale Warren
Henry "Uncle Henry" Warren
Sally "Mannie Perl"
Timeline and Trivia Notes
Group Members included:
- "Uncle Henry" (Henry Warren)
- Sally, duets with Coon Hunter
- Coon Hunter, vocals, guitar, five-string banjo, duets with Sally
- Paul Smith, guitar and vocals
- Jimmie Dale Warren, vocals, guitar and double bass
- Sally, the Original Mountain Gal
- Dell Remick, steel guitar, double bass, banjo, sang comedy songs and
usually the 'fall' guy of the group.
- Spike Williams, vocals
- Bob Simmons
- Curly and his fiddle
Credits & Sources
- Songs from Kentucky Favorites of the Air; Uncle Henry's Original
Kentucky Mountaineers; Hill and Range Songs, Inc. Hollywood, CA; 1948