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Eddie Skelton
and The Sundown Valley Boys
WJHL Johnson City, TN
WPEO Peoria, IL

Eddie Skelton was a native of Tennessee. His first radio job was at a station in Johnson City, Tennessee - WJHL. By 1953, he was attracting an audience over radio station WPEO in Peoria, Illinois.

In Peoria, Eddie and the Sundown Valley Boys were appearing four nights a week at the Sunset Gardens. On Sundays from 3:30pm to 4:30pm, broadcasting 'live' from the Sunset Gardens.

Timeline & Trivia Notes

Group members:

  • Eddie Skelton, rhythm guitar and vocals
  • Sherm Ward, electric and Spanish guitars
  • "Bashful" Ollie Hughes, hot fiddle
  • Archie Simmons, bass
  • "Little" Billy Robertson, electric steel guitar

Credits & Sources

  • Country Song Roundup No. 27; December 1953; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT

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