The Rodeo Girls may not be household words, but in 1943 they were described
as the "mighty mites" of radio for their yodeling and strumming skills
on The Hoosier Jubilee, broadcast every Saturday night on WJOB Hammond, Indana.
A new web site www.therodeogirls.com,
is devoted to the young men and women who were stateside during World War II
performing country music as if they had been born in a barn. In fact these
Midwesterners grew up around Chicago and northwest Indiana many of them first-born
Americans following the wave of Immigration after the dawn of the 20th century.
By day, they toiled in the factories and offices in a growing metropolis,
by the weekend, their "Saturday Night Fever" included bluegrass and hillbilly music.
The site contains the personal photos of Rose Pozgay Weygandt who along with Rachel
Davis were known as The Rodeo Girls. They sang together for several years
after meeting at work.
Personal appearances included doe Rodeo and Thrill Shows in Gary, Indana and
Aurora, Illinois, Langley Stadium and the International Amphitheater in Chicago.
They were heard on more than 150 broadcasts on WJOB.
Also included are photographs and information on other stars of the time
including Jenny Lou Carson, The Harmony Twins, Patsy Montana, Roy Rogers,
Pete and Shorty, Curly Miller, Dick Hiorns, The Smoky Mountain Brothers,
and the Windy City Ramblers. Rodeo Rose can be heard singing the
Patsy Montana song "I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart".
The site is one-of-a-kind and sure to be of interest to radio and country
music buffs alike.