Personalities | The Duke Of Paducah | War Years | Country

(Banjo, comedian, 1901–86)

DeSoto, Missouri-born Benjamin Francis ‘Whitey’ Johnson was, for decades, one of country music’s most popular comedians. He appeared on the Renfro Valley Barn Dance, in Kentucky in the late 1930s and starred on an NBC network radio show called Plantation Party in the early 1940s. He also appeared frequently on the Grand Ole Opry over the years and hosted a Nashville television show named Country Junction in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Styles & Forms | War Years | Country
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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