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Toots Hodge
Born:  March 5, 1912
Died:  January 29, 1977
WWVA Wheeling, WV

About The Artist

If you were a regular listener of WGL, you heard this group every Saturday from noon to 1:00pm. They offered a variety of entertainment for their listening fans.

Joe Taylor was known as "The Cowboy Auctioneer". Other members of the Inidana Redbirds included an 18 year old accordionist, Patti Corbat. She could also do square dance calls, twirl the baton and provided some of the vocals. Connie "Cheeseburger" Smith provided expertise on the spanish and steel guitars. They termed Bill Allen a 'three-in-one' entertainer as he could play three instruments - bass, guitar and harmonica. And to round out the group's musical sounds, they had Gene Davis who provided good old fashioned hoe down fiddling. When Gene and Patti teamed up on a square dance, things got to moving in the halls where they performed.

Timeline and Trivia Notes

Group Members included:

  • Joe "The Cowboy Auctioneer" Taylor
  • Patty Corbat, accordion
  • Connie "Cheeseburger" Smith, spanish and steel guitar
  • Bill Allen, bass, guitar and harmonica
  • Gene Davis, hoe-down fiddler

Credits & Sources

  • Cowboy Songs No. 21; July 1952; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT

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