Personalities | Hank Penny | Cowboys & Playboys | Country

(Vocals, guitar, bandleader, 1918–92)

Hank Penny was, with his Radio Cowboys, the most ardent exponent of western swing in the south-east prior to the Second World War. He relocated to California after the war and led excellent bands, though as time passed he eased towards comedy at the expense of music. He recorded prolifically from 1938 and over the years his groups included such legendary musicians as guitarist Merle Travis and steel guitarists Noel Boggs and Curley Chalker.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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