This group of five gentlemen were working on KFNF in Shenandoah, Iowa and appearing
on the KFNF Barn Dance on Saturday nights. They also had their own show
at 10:30 each morning. The group specialized in cowboy and hilbilly music,
but on occasion, they could do a popular tune of the day.
Smilin' Sid McIlvain was a bit of a fiddle player as well as a comedy type
singer. They said once in a while he'd sing one of his comic ballads that
would run anywhere from five to fifteen minutes!
Buckshot Dilly would announce over the air to the audience with a cheery
"Hello to everybody fer and near."
In a side note, those were real buckskin jackets worn by the group, provided
by the clothing department of the Henry Field store.
Timeline and Trivia Notes
Group Members included:
- Tiny Thomas, accordion, leader
- Smilin' Sid McIlvain, bull fiddle man and comic ballad singing
- Buckshot Dilly, emcee and fiddler
- Pete Simmons, handled commercials and comedy
- Tex Randall, guitar