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Al Winburn
and his Melody Rangers
WNER Suwanee River Jamboree
WIVY Jacksonville, FL
WNER Live Oak, FL

Al Winburn's latest group in mid-1954 was this group called the Melody Rangers that was working around Georgia and Florida. When Al was discharged from the Air Force in 1953, he joined up with Leroy McDaniel and they organized the Melody Rangers. They were a group of six and were quite popular in the Suwanee River Valley area.

They had a show that you could have heard over radio station WNER, sending its signal out of Live Oak, Florida on Saturdays at 11:00am. They were also featured during the four-hour Saturday night show that was carried over five radio stations called the "Suwanee River Jamboree".

Prior to forming the Melody Rangers, Al was part of a group called the "Hillbilly Playboys" in 1950 and 1951. They were heard over WIVY out of Jacksonville, Florida. While he was stationed in Valdosta, Geogia in the Air Force, he worked with J.C. Johnson's "Radio Cowboys".

Timeline and Trivia Notes

Group Members included:

  • Al Winburn, electric guitar
  • Leroy McDaniel, steel guitar
  • Neal McLeon, rhythm guitar
  • Al Land, fiddle
  • Robin Shiver, electric bass
  • Cousin Clara Parker, dj at WNER

Credits & Sources

  • Country Song Roundup No. 32; June 1954; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT.

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