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Red and his Arkansas Ramblers
WHO Iowa Barn Dance Frolic
KDKA Pittsburgh, PA
WHO Des Moines, IA

Red and His Arkansas Rambers were noted as a "famous hill-billy band of radio and vaudeville" in an late 1930s Souvenir Program for the old WHO Barn Dance Frolic. They were pretty adept musicians it appears for they could 'bewilder' folks as they went from banjos to violins to guitars.

Merle Scobee was the guy they called Red and lead the group. His brother, Ray was known as Zip. Another member of the group was Art Brier known as Shorty. The three of them had played together for years on the old Warner Brothers and Fox circuits and also on KDKA before they went to WHO in Des Moines, Iowa.

In the late 1930s, the group added two members, the Rash Twins, who the program said, "...spoke the same musical languate as the original Ramblers."

Timeline and Trivia Notes

Group members included:

  • Merle Scobee (Red)
  • Ray Scobee (Zip)
  • Art Brier (Shorty)
  • Sally Rash
  • Buck Rash

  • Souvenir Program, W-H-O Barn Dance Frolic; date published unknown

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