Around 1940 or so, Jimmy Lucas got his start on radio station
KVOS out of Bellingham, Washington. That first stint was done
with his brother George and they were known as the "Lucas Brothers".
Jimmy played the mandolin and sang tenor.
Turn the pages to 1955 or so and Jimmy was still going strong. But with
some changes. He had taken to playing the guitar in 1944 rather
than the mandolin. For a while, he played engagements with his brother,
Melvin. But the road life caused them to split, each going his own way.
From that point, Jimmy began to play a regular string of engagements on
other shows in various states. He appeared on Buck Richey's "Chuck
Wagon Jamboree" over KVI in Seattle; Bill Rea's "Roundup" over CKNW
in New Westminster, BC; KMJ out of FResno, CA.
During this period, Jimmy had three weekly shows on KPUG out of Bellingham.
One was Fridays at 6:45am, Saturdays at 8:15 am and 6:45pm.
Credits & Sources
- Cowboy Songs No. 41 (June 1955); American Folk Publications,
Inc.; Derby, CT.