Gene Autry, the most successful of all singing cowboys was born in Tioga, Texas (9/29/1907~10/2/1998). Fresh out of high school, he became a railroad telegrapher with the Frisco Railway in Sapulpa, Oklahoma.
Autry then took a radio job on KVOO, Tulsa (1930), billing himself as "Oklahoma's Singing Cowboy" and adapting the singing style of Jimmie Rodgers (9/8/1897~5/26/1933). Continue Reading.
The Mitchell Sisters were not actually sisters by birth, but next door neighbors who found they had a common interest in music in their early teen age years. Patsy (Mitchell) was born Patsy DeFendi, the daughter of Warren and Vada DeFendi.
Patsy was born in Dubuque, Iowa and her family later moved to Rockford, Illinois (IL). Nancy was Nancy Mitchell, the daughter of Ernie and Doris Mitchell. Nancy’s father died on July 4, 1944 in World War II somewhere in France. Her mother found work as a waitress and later owned a couple of restaurants and bars. Continue Reading