Bill Case and the Melody Boys made their debut as a trio act in 1935
while on KTAT which later consolidated with KFJZ. They also made
appearances as well as used transcriptions and used other names such
- Royal Ramblers
- Royal Melody Boys
- Lacy's Melody Boys
Their programs were once heard on KTAT, KFJZ, WRR, KNOW and KTNM. In
October of 1948, they were at KCNC out of Ft. Worth, Texas with
a show on at 7:15am, Monday through Friday. The transcribed show was
billed as "Fiddlin' Bill Case and His Melody Boys". An article mentions
that they had been heard across the country via the border radio
stations and also on the clear channel powerhouse station out of New
Orleans, Louisiana, WWL.
While on KCNC, the group also had a couple of gals that were known
as The Melody Girls with them to do harmony vocals. They would also
team up with Homer at times to form a vocal trio. Jeaninne and Homer
were also recording together on Royal-Tone records.
Homer also co-wrote a song with Ernest Tubb called "I Hate To See You Go"
that was recorded by Ernest on Decca records.
Timeline and Trivia Notes
Group members included:
- Bill Case, fiddle
- Homer Hargrove, guitar and vocal lead
- J.C. Case, electric mandolin, harmony singer
- Vernon Young, ass fiddle (joined group in 1940)
- Norma Jean and Jeaninne, known as "The Melody Girls"
Credits & Sources
- Cowboy Songs No. 39 (February 1955); American Folk Publications,
Inc.; Derby, CT.