Smilin' Sam was born Albert Bysinger. They said he always brought both "...his
grin and his guitar to the microphone for one of his many versed hill-billy ballads."
(For some reason, some publications would spell it hill-billy back then versus
the more common, hillbilly.).
They said he got his start in broadcasting back in the late 1920s, using
his real name then. He came to WHO in 1931 and continued to entertain the
audiences of the Iowa Barn Dance Frolic through it appears at least the late 1930s.
Credits & Sources
- Souvenir Program, W-H-O Barn Dance Frolic; Publication date, circa 1939