When we catch up with Larry Dean in early 1953, we find that he had
formed the Virginia Playboys about a year earlier. The members
of the band were top sting musicians from the southwest Virginia
mountain areas. Interestingly, they wrote that each member of the
band that Larry recruited had performed as an artist for over
ten years in their respective communities.
Their act featured the gamut of hillbilly entertainment
shows at the time - music, comedy, trio singing and breakdown numbers
to get the toes tapping. Many of the songs Larry sang were of his
They had a regular 30-minute show over WJHL out of Johnson City,
Tennessee every Saturday morning come 11:00am. They were also said
to be recording several of their tunes back then.
Timeline and Trivia Notes
Group Members included:
- Larry Dean, guitar
- Marvin Dean, fiddle
- Glen Herron, guitar
- Kin Litton, steel guitar
- Oliver Siler, bass
Credits & Sources
- Cowboy Songs Magazine No. 25; March 1953; American Folk
Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT.
- Portions of Discography Listing courtesy of Hillbilly
Reasearcher Team; Tricker, Turner and Sax