The information we have found about Bob McKnight and his Ranch Boys is sketchy at best.
But something is better than nothing. Bob McKnight was a blind country music singer
who entertained his listening audience over radio station WMS out of Memphis, Tennessee.
Way back in 1946, we read in National Hillbilly News that Jimmie Busler had just
wrote a new song called, "Little Old Shack On The Plains" and Bob McKnight and his gang
were rehearsing the song to do over the air in Memphis. Jimmie lived in Memphis at the
time (the article even included his address) and mentions that he had co-wrote
the song with Mollie Davis of Indianapolis, Indiana.
We read later in 1946 in Mountain Broadcast and Prairie Recorder that another singer
was working at WMC at the same time as Bob but later found her way to Atlanta and
WSB and the WSB Barn Dance - Willie Mae Thomas, better known as Little Ne-Hi to fans.
We were then lucky enough to come into a photo postcard of Bob McKnight and His Ranch
Boys thanks to Joyce Stanford. That postcard had the first names of the members of the group
at the time and doing some further research, we think we have found the names of the members.
One former member, Herman (Horsehair) Buggfuzz went on to work at WSB for quite some
time and was the master of ceremonies on the WSB Barn Dance as well.
Timeline & Trivia Notes
- Fred - Freddie (Boy) Burns
- Jimmie - Jimmie Smith, saxophone, violin and other instruments
- Bob - Bob McKnight
- Ray - Ray Martin, accordion and other instruments
- Slim - Slim Sullie
- Herman - Herman (Horsehair) Buggfuzz also known as Ivey Peterson
Credits & Sources
- National Hillbilly News; April 1946; Poster Show Print Co.;
Huntington, West Virginia
- Mountain Broadcast and Prairie Recorder; September 1946;
Mountain Broadcast Pub. Co., Inc.; New York, New York
- Hillbilly-Music.com wishes to thank Joyce Stanford
for contacting us and providing us with the picture postcard of Bob McKnight and his Ranch Boys