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The Plainsmen
Hollywood Barn Dance

About The Group

The group started small as a vocal trio, but moved up to become a quintet when we found them in 1947. Each of them had a varied career.

Hank Caldwell, who played bass and sang bass, too, was on KID in Idaho Falls, Idaho at one time as well as KFPY and KHQ in Spokane, Washington and also KYA and KGO in San Francisco, California. His realy name was Alfred but he got his name when one of his first gigs was as "Si and Hank". He had also been with Dude Martin, Ray Wade, Texas Jim Lewis and others.

George Morgan was said to be from the famous Morgan family and had appeared on all the Southern California stations with the family as well as on CBS.

Andy Parker got his start on WJBW in Topeka, Kansas and KTWO and KGBX in Springfield, Missouri. He also worked with the Dude Martin gang for a spell.

George Bambi had worked previously with Cal Shrum and the Spade Cooley bands.

Joaquin Murphy was said to be a recent addition and played the 16 string electric steel guitar. He also had played with the Spade Cooley organization as well with Merle Travis and the Hollywood Barn Dance.

Timeline and Trivia Notes

Group Members included:

  • Andy Parker, rhythm guitar
  • Joaquin Murphy, steel guitar
  • George Morgan, electric guitar
  • Hank Caldwell, bass, vocals
  • George Bambi, accordion

Credits & Sources

  • National Hill-Billy News; January 1947; Poster Show Print Co., Huntington, WV.

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Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

Coast Records
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  225 A Guitar Polka
  225 B Varsoviana (Put Your Little Foot Right Out)

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