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Happy-Go-Lucky Boys

About The Group

The Happy Go-Lucky Boys was a three-person group within a band. Normally, they formed the nucleus of Wade Mainer's Sons of the Mountaineers. In 1940, they cut six numbers on the Bluebird label. During their careers, they also worked with other bands and one became a major solo performer.

The trio consisted of:

  • Jay Hugh Hall (B: November 16, 1910 — D: April 10, 1971)
  • Steve Ledford (B: June 2, 1906 — D: September 19, 1980)
  • Clyde Leonard Moody (B: September 19, 1915 — D: April 7, 1989)

The group's work with Mainer lasted for about two years and ended not long after their Bluebird session.

Jay Hugh Hall had earlier worked with his brother Roy as the Hall Brothers. After leaving Wade Mainer he worked with Roy again, leading his second unit at WBDJ in Roanoke, Virginia.

Ledford who had earlier been part of the Carolina Ramblers also worked with Jay Hugh Hall at WBDJ. Many years later he led a local band around his home town of Bakersville, North Carolina and recorded an album for Rounder in the late 1970s.

Moody later joined Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys and then went solo in 1945. He worked in various venues and recorded extensively on both large and small labels.

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Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

Rec. No. Side Song Title
  8391 A Happy-Go-Lucky Breakdown
  8391 B What-Cha Gonna Do with the Baby?
  8467 A No Letter in the Mail Today
  8467 B Come Back Sweetheart
  8528 A Darling, I?m Still in Love with You
  8528 B I Hope She?s Satisfied

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