The Singing Blacksmith never used his real name on the air. They wrote that
he wanted people to wonder who he was. He enjoyed that bit of mystery - for
he would often hear folks talk about his show but didn't know they were
in the presence of the guy that did the show.
He was born in Sampson County in the south east area of North Carolina.
In the early 1950s, he was a regular featured act over WSSB in Durham, NC.
Rounding out his act at the time was his daughter, Norma Jean who played
accordion and Freddie Moore, who was said to be one of the better steel
guitar players in the south.
Credits & Sources
- Country Song Roundup No. 12, June 1951, Charlton Publishing Corp.,