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Maple City Four
WLS National Barn Dance

About The Group

Back in 1933 they noted that Al Rice commented that the Maple City Four had been on WLS for so long, that when the station first opened, they were there on the doorstep waiting to walk in. From what we can tell, they started on WLS around 1927 or so. The Maple City Four took their name from their home town of LaPorte, Indiana, which is called the Maple City.

Long a favorite act at WLS, once noted they 'sing and play the sweet potato and musical bottles.' Now that's something you don't hear every day.

Around 1943, Al Rice had to join Uncle Sam. Pete Taflinger took his place at that time.

Timeline and Trivia Notes

Group Members included:

  • Al Rice
  • Art Janes
  • Pat Petterson
  • Fritz Meissner
  • Charles Kerner, tenor, joined the group around 1940/41 to replace Art Janes who had to retire for health reasons

Sound Sample—(YouTube Video Format)


The Green Grass Grew All Around

Appearance History This Month

 
August 2, 1936
Muncie Fairgrounds
Muncie, IN
WLS National Barn Dance
 
August 8, 1937
High School Park
Hilbert, WI
 
August 10, 1937
Fulton County Fair
Lewistown, IL
WLS National Barn Dance
 
August 15, 1937
Dane County Fair
Madison, WI
WLS National Barn Dance
 
August 18, 1937
Vermillion County Fair
Cayuga, IN
WLS Merry-Go-Round
 
August 24, 1937
Great Darke County Fair
Greenville, OH
WLS Merry-Go-Round
 
August 29, 1937
Winnebago County Fair
Pecatonica, IL
WLS National Barn Dance

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Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

 
Conqueror
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  8165 A Tell My Mother I'm In Heaven
  8165 B Rockin' Alone In An Old Rockin' Chair
  8166 A Two Little Pretty Birds
  8166 B Will The Angels Play Their Harps For Me
  8167 A Tiger Rag
  8167 B Oh Mo-nah
  8301 A Beatiful Isle Of Somewhere
  8301 A The Old Wooden Rocker
  8301 B Beautiful Isle Of Somewhere
  8301 B The Old Wooden Rocker
 
Mercury
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  6084 A Heart Of My Heart
  6084 B I'd Love To Live In Loveland
 
Romeo
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  5232 A Tiger Rag
  5232 B Oh Monah!
  5236 A Tell My Mother I'm In Heaven
  5236 B Will The Angels Play Their Harps For Me


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