Personalities | Cliffie Stone | West Coast Scene | Country
(Vocals, comedian, record producer, bandleader, 1917–98)
Native Californian Cliffie Stone – the son of country comedian Herman the Hermit (a.k.a. Herman Snyder) – was a West Coast, one-man industry during the 1940s. Hard to pinpoint any particular activity, he began to get his name known on Stuart Hamblin’s Covered Wagon Jamboree before establishing his own radio shows in the early 1940s. He joined Capitol Records later that decade in an A&R capacity and was active in signing several acts, including Merle Travis and ’Tennessee’ Ernie Ford, with whom he later took over management duties. He also recorded for the label, with the novelty ‘Peepin’ Through The Keyhole’ (1948) as his biggest hit. In his later years he mixed radio work with music publishing and established Granite Records, the last home for Tex Williams. Stone was elected into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1989.
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