Peggy Upton was a native of Oklahoma. At the time she arrived on the country music
scene, she was still attending Souteast High School in Oklahoma City, back
Peggy started singing at a young age as singers sometimes do. She appeared
at the local church and other similar venues entertaining the local audiences.
At the age of eleven, she won a contest of some sort on KBYE radio. And that
apparently set in motion a chain of events in her musical career.
Television was becoming a factor back then. Peggy auditioned by singing a song
on KMP in Oklahoma City. The local audiences responded to her "poise and
sweet simplicity of her performances before the camera" according to a 1956
article in Cowboy Songs magazine.
She soon became a regular cast member of the "Oklahoma Hayride" show on that
same station. A one-hour show that aired each Saturday night. She stayed with KMPT
or that show until it went off the air in 1954. The article was unclear as to whether
it was the show or the station that went off the air.
Even though KMPT and/or the Oklahoma Hayride were not on the scene, she readily
found work with other Oklahoma mainstays of the time. She worked with such stars
as Wiley and Gene when they were on WKY, Merl Lindsey and The Night Riders,
Bob Warford and the Ranch Boys on KTEN, Danny and Harold, the Country Cousins on
KTVQ, Jack Beasley's show on KWTV, Billy Gray, Wanda Jackson and Don Boots
Peggy traveled a bit beyond Oklahoma as well - performing in California, Colorado
She also found time to do shows in not so mainstream venues such as benefit shows
for hospitals or convalescence homes.
Peggy had a disc jockey friend at KOMA in Oklahoma City, Jack Beasley, that helped
her record a record that created a bit of a stir - "My Prince Charming" b/w "Say You
A 1957 article seems to be a repeat of the earlier one, but does at least provide an extra
detail or two. In this one, it tells us that Peggy wrote her own tunes. In addition,
she also deisgned her own western costumes.
She had a fan club back then that was headed up by a Mrs. Blanche Trinajstick in Pueblo,
The folks at Starday records took notice of Peggy and in 1957. Hal Cochran
in his section of the "Here'n There'n Everywhere" column in Rustic Rhythm wrote
that she teamed up with Danny Buck cutting "Our Love Is Not
the Same" b/w "Watcha Gonna Do Tonight".
Credits & Sources
- Cowboy Songs No. 47; July 1956; American Folk Publications, Inc.;
- Cowboy Songs No. 51; April 1957; American Folk Publications, Inc.;
- Rustic Rhythm; August 1957; Rustic Rhythm, Inc.; 5 East 40th Street;
New York, NY