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Big Jim DeNoon
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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 each afternoon.

Credits & Sources

  • Country Song Roundup No. 43; April 1956; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT.

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Rec. No. Side Song Title
  1306 A Big Jim's Reel
  1306 B Rangers Hoedown
  1307 A Irish Wash Woman
  1307 B Paddy On Turnpike
  1308 A Silver Bells
  1308 B Granny With Her Night Shirt On
  1309 A Varsovienne
  1309 B Schottische Mixer
  1310 A Bohemian Waltz
  1310 B Goodnight Waltz
  1431 A E Ramble
  1431 B Dream Waltz
  1432 A Narcissus
  1432 B Turkey In The Straw
  1433 A Girl I Left Behind Me
  1433 B Bell Bottom Trousers
  1646 A Long Lost Girl
  1646 B Wild Strings
  X-89 A I Believe In You
  X-89 B Old Blue

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