Ray R. Myers was a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He was steel guitar
player, and that would be a story of inspiration for anyone for you see,
Ray was born without arms.
He was the fifth in a family of nine children. He graduated from the local
Allentown High School. His musical career started off in the high school
band where he played the trombone. Later on he bought a Hawaiian steel
guitar. He had lofty aims to learn this instrument, so he kept the steel
guitar under his bed until he learned it.
He began performing at the local events, such as churches and amateur
contests. Then, the local radio station in Lancaster, WGAL, gave him a program.
In 1937, it seems that Cowboy Loye, who was then starring at the WWVA Original
Jamboree, happened to hear the "Armless Wonder" as they called him and hired
him to play on WWVA with him. That springboard opened other doors and its said
that he played other radio stations in the south.
By 1953, he had a daily show over radio station WPDX in Clarksburg, West Virginia,
where he was appearing with the Mays Brothers and Cindy Coy.
Credits & Sources
- Cowboy Songs No.28; September 1953, American Folk Publications, Inc.;