Personalities | Pee Wee King | Cowboys & Playboys | Country
(Accordion, bandleader, 1914–2000)
Pee Wee King And His Golden West Cowboys were the chief exponents of western music and western swing east of the Mississippi, best known for high-profile years on the Grand Ole Opry. An accordionist from Wisconsin of German-Polish heritage (born Kuczynski), King eased towards country music during the 1930s and towards stardom under the auspices of manager J. L. Frank (his father-in-law). King and his right hand, fiddler-vocalist Redd Stewart, were among the most successful country-music songwriters, penning such classics as ‘Tennessee Waltz’, ‘Slow Poke’ and ‘You Belong To Me’. King left the Opry in 1947, originally for Louisville, Kentucky. Extensive tours and television work followed. He was elected to the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1974.
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