Big Jim DeNoon, the "Giant of Western Swing" was the host of a television
show over KNTV (Channel 11) in San Jose, California in early 1956 called
the "Bar 11 Ranch". The show was geared to the younger crowd and was one and
a half hours long. Part of that show were the movies that starred
Gene Autry or Roy Rogers.
Before he signed his contract with KNTV, he was a recording artist
with the 4 Star label for seven years. ANd had been heard on the
Mutual and CBS networks. In 1954, he was named most popular
entertainer in Northern California.
Big Jim was a talented musician. He reportedly could play 18 instruments. During
his show, he'd usually play a song or two. The show was on from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Credits & Sources
- Country Song Roundup No. 43; April 1956; American Folk Publications, Inc.;