Montana Paul was actually a native of the coal mining area of Pennsylvania,
born in Hazelton. When he was about ten years old, he took an interest
in music and in hillbilly, western and folk in particular. He bought a guitar,
started playing for folks where he could get the engagements.
They wrote that by the time he was 15, he was singing at floor shows,
parks, bazaars and on the radio.
In 1947, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Camp Pickett,
Virginia. While there, he kept up his music by entertaining the troops there.
After he finished his basic training, me went to Fort Benning, Georgia
where he became ill and ended up discharged and totally disabled. He was
hindered in some activities, but could still play the guitar and entertain
Credits & Sources
- Cowboy Songs No. 23; November 1952; American Folk Publications;