Back in 1955 or so, WBAM in Montgomery, Alabama featured Fred Baker (Wamble), who was born
around 1917 in Double Springs, Alabama. His family moved to Birmingham
in 1924. While there, he came to have a cheap Sears-Roebuck guitar
to start whetting his musical leanings. In fact, they said he started
playing with a group with Hank Penny who made a name for himself later
in his career.
In a few years, he got a recording contract with Capitol records. His
first release on that label was "Is I Is Or Is I Ain't" that had
"Maybe She Would Like To Know" on the flip side.
Fred was also a part time announcer for WBAM in Montgomery when he
wasn't doing his recording work.
Credits & Sources
- Cowboy Songs No. 41 (June 1955); American Folk Publications,
Inc.; Derby, CT.