We might call this group the group with no last names or at least so far.
But Windy and his Maryland Yodelers had been entertaining folks along
the Eastern shores of Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. World War II
caused the band to break up a bit, but Windy could never quite get the
music out of his system, so he got together a bigger and better group.
In 1955, you could hear them over WBOC in Salisbury, Maryland every
Saturday from 5:00 to 5:30pm and they had been doing that show for a
couple years then.
We can tell you a little that they wrote about this group as
we try to find out who they are. Hank played the steel guitar
and was said to be from North Carolina. Sleepy was the fiddle player
and was from Virginia. Shorty was the banjo player. Bessie was
the female lead singer. And they had another female singer, the
youngest member of the group, called Little Shirley.
Timeline and Trivia Notes
Group members included:
- Windy, leader, spanish guitar, vocals
- Hank, steel guitar
- Sleepy, fiddle
- Shorty, banjo
- Bessie, vocals
- Little Shirley, vocals
Credits & Sources
- Cowboy Songs No. 39 (February 1955); American Folk Publications,
Inc.; Derby, CT.