Slim Pickens

b. Clyde Wilson, 14 July 1910, USA, d. 15 July 1990, USA. From 1933 onwards Wilson performed often on radio, mainly in the Indiana, Missouri and Nebraska, on show such as Ozark Jubilee. He led his Prairie Playboys, sang solo and in various groups. A frequent collaborator was singer, Floyd ‘Goo-goo’ Rutledge with whom Wilson performed in duo as Whistler And Flash. There were also Slim And Shorty, the Tall Timber Trio, the Buster Fellows and the Goodwill Family. The bulk of Wilson’s recordings were radio transcriptions, which he continued to make into the 50s. Among instrumentalists backing Wilson were musicians such as Tommy Jackson, Grady Martin and Bud Isaacs. Wilson’s repertoire included songs such as ‘I’m Movin’ On’, ‘The Atchison, Topeka And Santa Fe’, ‘She’s The Lily Of Hillbilly Valley’, ‘I’ll Dance At Your Wedding’, ‘I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)’, ‘Wedding Dolls (From Your Wedding Cake)’, ‘To Each His Own’, ‘The Great Speckled Bird’, ‘Man Of Galilee’, ‘Down The Trail’, ‘When It’s Prayer Meetin’ Time In The Hollow’, ‘Silver Threads Among The Gold’, ‘Red River Valley’, ‘Oh! Susanna’, ‘The Yellow Rose Of Texas’, ‘Good-Bye, Maggie’, ‘We Sat Beneath The Maple On The Hill’, ‘The Cowboy’s Dream’, ‘Down In The Valley’, ‘When The Bloom Is On The Sage’, ‘Barbara Allen’, ‘The Lonesome Road’ and ‘Froggie Went A’Courtin’’.

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