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Buddy Messner
and his Skyliners
Born:  October 9, 1917
Died:  May 5, 2001
WWVA Original Jamboree

Bud Messner got his start in radio at a radio station in Alexander, Louisiana in 1938. He played at several other stations in the south before finding his way to WJEJ in Hagerstown, Maryland, where he stayed for nearly five years. From there, he moved to WCHA in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and was still there by mid-1951.

Bud and his group, the Skyliners, along with his featured vocalist, Molly Darr, hosted a Saturday night barn dance in Chambersburg that was well-attended. Molly originally thought she was going to be a Grand Opera singer, but found she liked the hillbilly tunes better. She auditioned with Bud Messner and she got the job.

Bud and Molly also ran a music store on Main Street in Chambersburg, too where folks could get the latest hillbilly music records.

Bud also recorded on the Abbey Records label. Some of the recordings he made included:

  • The Head Member Of Our Family Is Gone
  • Big Blue Eyes
  • Skyliners Boogie
  • Steel Guitar Bounce
  • It's Great To Be a Nephew of Uncle Sam

Credits & Sources

  • Country Song Roundup No. 12, June 1951, Charlton Publishing Corp., Derby, CT.

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