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Hometown Jamboree
KXLA
Los Angeles, CA
Year Started:  1949

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Hometown Jamboree

Hometown Jamboree

The legendary Hometown Jamboree was broadcast over radio station KXLA out of Pasadena, California, five days a week. On Saturdays, it was broadcast over KCOP, Channel 13 in the Los Angeles area at 7:30pm.

For about five years, the show was broadcast from the American Legion Stadium in El Monte, California. Then, in a move that was an attempt to 'get closer to its audience', it moved to the Harmony Park Ballroom in Anaheim.

One its stars was Country Music Hall of Famer, Tennessee Ernie Ford. He also had his own radio show that aired over the CBS radio network five days a week. He also had a show that aired over stations in the midwest during the week, too.

The legendary Cliffie Stone was the producer, promoter and emcee as well as all around entertainer on the Hometown Jamboree.

Like the Town Hall Party, the cast of the Hometown Jamboree also read like a who's who of country music on the west coast. Some of the stars included:

  • Cliffie Stone
  • Molly Bee
  • Harry Rodcay
  • Buckie Tibbs
  • Gene O'Quin
  • Billy Strange
  • Joanie O'Brien
  • Herman the Hermit

The band for the Hometown Jamboree consisted of many fine musicians also, such as:

  • Billy Liebert
  • Speedy West
  • Jimmy Bryant
  • Billy Strange
  • Harold Hensley
  • Larry Tice
  • Les Taylor
  • Roy Harte
  • AL Williams
  • Ray Merrill



Rose Lee (Rosalie) Maphis



Harold Hensley



Joe Maphis



Red Sovine



Lazy Jim Day



Speedy West



Tennessee Ernie Ford

 

The Hometown Jamboree
—Back row, Left to right: Roy Harte, Billy Liebert, Ray Merrill, Herman the Hermit, Billy Strange, Speedy West, Al Williams.
—Second row, left to right: Jimmy Bryant, Bucky Tibbs, Jonell McQuaig, Cliffie Stone, Glenell McQuaig, Joan O'Brien, Harold Hensley
—First row, left to right: Tennessee Ernie Ford, Molly Bee, Gene O'Quinn

 

Credits & Sources

  • Country Song Roundup, Issue No. 33, August 1954, Published by American Folk Publications, Derby, CT


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