Personalities | Ted Daffan | War Years | Country

(Vocals, songwriter, bandleader, 1912–96)

Louisiana-born Theron Eugene Daffan was a noted songwriter and popular bandleader who helped pave the way for honky-tonk music’s emergence in the 1940s. Daffan started out in the mid-1930s as part of The Blue Ridge Playboys and The Bar X Cowboys – a pair of regionally popular bands of the day. In 1941, Daffan formed his own band, The Texans, and developed a distinctive sound built around an accordion and Buddy Buller’s electrified lead guitar. A few of Daffan’s mid-1940s hits, such as ‘No Letter Today’ (1944), ‘Born To Lose’ (1944) and ‘Headin’ Down The Wrong Highway’ (1945) are considered cornerstones of early honky-tonk.

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


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