Charley Ryan was a native of Graceville, Minnesota, but was raised in
Montana. When he was 16, he sang and played the guitar over radio
station KGEZ in Kalispel, Montana. Later on, he formed his own band,
the Montana Range Riders that did personal appearances throughout the
northwest until 1941, when he joined the military service.
When he finished his stint in the service, he organized his band again
and renamed it the "Timberline Riders" and got himself a recording contract
with Keyboard records. One of the tunes he recorded for Keyboard was "Hank
Charley also appeared on radio staions KFIO in Spokane, Washington;
KRLC in Lewiston, Idaho; and KWAL in Wallace, Idaho.
Credits & Sources
- Cowboy Songs No.32; March-April 1954, American Folk Publications, Inc.;