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Ernie Hartley
and His Family Band
Born:  March 7, 1911
Died:  August 5, 1965
WGRO Bay City, MI

About The Artist

The Ernie Hartley Family Band was indeed a family band in every sense of the word. Our research uncovered an article in Cowboy Songs of July 1953. Ernie Hartley was the father and leader of the band. At the time, they were being heard over WGRO in Bay City, Michigan

The members of the group in 1953 included:

  • Ernie Hartley - vocals, rhythm guitar (B:
  • Dot (Dorothy) Hartley - vocals, bass fiddle (B: June 4, 1913 — D: May 11, 1983)
  • Duane Hartley - guitar and bass fiddle (B: July 14, 1932 — D: February 12, 2000)
  • Danny Hartley - Hammond organ and accordion (B: July 21, 1933 — D: May 14, 1997)
  • Ernest Hartley, Jr. - steel guitar; Spanish guitar (B: August 27, 1934 — D: January 26, 2006)
  • Bernard Hartley - fiddle, bass fiddle (B: 1936-1937)
  • Bruce Hartley - lead guitar (B: August 10, 1939 — October 24, 2018)
  • Judy Hartley - vocals; tap dance; acrobatics (B: September 27, 1942 — October 22, 2011)

Credits & Sources

  • Cowboy Songs No. 27 (July 1953); American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT.