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Bill Case
and His Melody Boys

About The Artist

Bill Case and the Melody Boys made their debut as a trio act in 1935 while on KTAT which later consolidated with KFJZ. They also made appearances as well as used transcriptions and used other names such as:

  • Royal Ramblers
  • Royal Melody Boys
  • Lacy's Melody Boys

Their programs were once heard on KTAT, KFJZ, WRR, KNOW and KTNM. In October of 1948, they were at KCNC out of Ft. Worth, Texas with a show on at 7:15am, Monday through Friday. The transcribed show was billed as "Fiddlin' Bill Case and His Melody Boys". An article mentions that they had been heard across the country via the border radio stations and also on the clear channel powerhouse station out of New Orleans, Louisiana, WWL.

While on KCNC, the group also had a couple of gals that were known as The Melody Girls with them to do harmony vocals. They would also team up with Homer at times to form a vocal trio. Jeaninne and Homer were also recording together on Royal-Tone records.

Homer also co-wrote a song with Ernest Tubb called "I Hate To See You Go" that was recorded by Ernest on Decca records.

Timeline and Trivia Notes

Group members included:

  • Bill Case, fiddle
  • Homer Hargrove, guitar and vocal lead
  • J.C. Case, electric mandolin, harmony singer
  • Vernon Young, ass fiddle (joined group in 1940)
  • Norma Jean and Jeaninne, known as "The Melody Girls"

Credits & Sources

  • Cowboy Songs No. 39 (February 1955); American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT.

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Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

Rec. No. Side Song Title
  1001 A My Happiness
  1001 B Just A Little More Loving
  1002 A When It's Christmas Time In The Valley
  1002 B If I Could Be Alone With You

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