The only mention we've discovered about Sammy Moss and the Blue Ridge Mountain
Boys was a letter to the editor that Sammy himself wrote to a magazine in 1947.
At the time, Sammy, who was the manager of the group and handled their emcee chores,
was working with WINC in Winchester, Virginia.
He wrote of the members of his band at the time. Sonny, apparently a youngster, was
described as "the boy who took 3rd place in a 9-state champion fiddler's contest."
The McCumbee brothers, Slim and Bud were a part of the act. A fellow named
Rammer, the Hawaiian Hot Shot was in the band as were the Harmony Sisters,
Phil and Carroll who were only nine and 13 years old at the time. Then they
had a black-face comedian named Star-dust doing the comedy chores.
Sammy mentioned he had been an entertainer for several years, but had to interrupt
his music career from 1944 to April 1946 to serve in the Army during World War II.
When he was discharged, he came back and rounded up some of the old band members
and added a few new faces, too he said.
Credits & Sources
- The Mountain Broadcast and Prairie Recorder; January 1947;
Mountain Broadcast Pub. Co., Inc.; New York, NY