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Otto and His Novelodeons
WLS National Barn Dance

About The Artist

An interesting group that performed on the WLS Barn Dance. They could be humorous, then turn right around and do a serious number with the nicest music you could ever hear. So much of a contrast, that you may have wondered if they were the same group.

By 1939, they were a seven-piece orchestra. Each was said to be able to play at least two instruments. Otto was the leader and really a fine musician, though his comedy act as Little Genevieve was what he is remembered for most of the time.

Timeline and Trivia Notes

Group Members included:

  • Rene (Zeb) Hartley
  • Ted (Otto) Morse (known for his act as Little Genevieve)
  • George (Bill) Thall
  • Art Wenzel
  • Ted (Buddy) Gilmore

Appearance History This Month

September 7, 1936
WLS Barn Dance
Douglas Park
Rock Island, IL
Otto

September 10, 1936
WLS Artists
Dodge County Fair
Beaver Dam, WI
Otto

September 13, 1936
WLS Barn Dance
Ilgair Park
Chicago, IL
Otto

September 8, 1937

The Sandwich Fair
Sandwich, IL
Otto

September 8, 1937
WLS Acts
The Sandwich Fair
Sandwich, IL
Otto

September 12, 1937
WLS National Barn Dance
Jeffereson County Fair
Jefferson, WI
Otto

September 12, 1937
WLS National Barn Dance
Jefferson County Fair
Jefferson, WI
Otto

September 14, 1937
WLS National Barn Dance
Van Buren County Fair
Hartford, MI
Otto

September 14, 1937
WLS National Barn Dance
Van Buren County Fair
Hartford, MI
Otto

September 26, 1937
WLS Barn Dance Show
Fountain Park Benefit
Remington, IN
Otto

September 26, 1937
WLS Barn Dance Show
Fountain Park Benefit
Remington, IN
Otto

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