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Herrington Sisters
KWFT Western Barn Dance
KWFT Wichita Falls, TX

About The Group

The Herrington Sisters were a popular act in the Wichita Falls, Texas area in the late 1940s at radio station KWFT. During their stint there, another famous group act, the Miller Brothers was also entertaining the listeners.

Floy Case wrote in an article that Johnnie, Jean and Dorothy were helping with harmony while Willie Mae was backing them on the piano.

Ms. Case gave provided a bit of insight of their sound when she mentioned that the group gets "...together for some very close harmony several times daily accompanied by a guitar" and usually got to listen to them on their 2:00pm show that lasted 25 minutes.

Arlie Kinkade, who was a regular contributor to the National Hillbilly News in the 1940s, wrote that the sisters were recording for the Mercury record label and had a release called "He Is Coming" b/w "I'm Gonna Rise and Shine." A later article Matt Pelknonen tells readers that Merucry was being led by R. Murray Nash at the time.

Doc Embree noted in his March 1945 column "Cornbelt Comments" that he would get to listen to a transcription program that featured the Herrington Sisters over KMOX at the time.

Timeline & Trivia Notes

Group Members (circa 1957)

  • Ida Nell Herrington
  • Winnie Herrington
    (B: November 27, 1916 — February 20, 2001)

  • Olga Herrington
    (B: July 4, 1927 — D: June 26, 1992)

Credits & Sources

  • Mountain Broadcast and Prairie Recorder; June 1944; New York, NY
  • Mountain Broadcast and Prairie Recorder; March 1945; New York, NY
  • National Hillbilly News; June 1949; Huntington, WV
  • National Hillbilly News; July-August 1949; Huntington, WV

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Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

Rec. No. Side Song Title
  6145 A Christ's Love Is All I Need
  6145 B My Soul Shall Live On
  6177 A I'm Gonna Rise And Shine
  6177 B When You And I Were Young
  6202 A I Know My Redeemer Liveth
  6202 B Life's Railway To Heaven

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