Edgar Lee Oden was born in Hambur, Arkansas and became known to country
music fans as Sonny Oden. An old Skeeter Bonn souvenir folio from around 1957
or so tells us that Sonny started to learn and play guitar when he was
14 years old, trying a guitar course of some sort.
He made his first public appearance on a show called the Southland
Jamboree. His first professional music job was with a fellow named
Bob Ashmore down in Orange, Texas. That gave him the itch to continue
his musical career and he found work over radio station KOGT and later
KSUL in Sulphur, Louisiana with a group called the Tune Twisters.
He made his first appearance with Skeeter Bonn on the WWVA Jamboree
on August 18, 1956, as the group's lead guitarist.
It was said one of his hobbies back then was taking photographs of the
other performers of the day and the audiences as well. One can only wish
a peek at that collection of photos he must have taken from that era.
Credits & Sources
- Skeeter Bonn Souvenir Photo and Song Album; Publication Date
Unknown; Publisher Unknown