1930 · N.p.
Among the earliest of Hollywood's singing cowboys, The Arizona Wranglers were a frequently changing roster of musicians performing early cowboy country and western songs during the the 1930s, often featured in the early sound westerns and the popular B-westerns of the 1930s. Formed in the late 1920s as the house band for the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in in Phoenix, the band soon migrated to Hollywood singing songs of the plain and the prairie, and of a cowboy ethos, and helped to herald in the popularity of the era's country western music. They frequently had work in westerns of the period, nearly always uncredited, except in the instance of an individual member also having an acting part in the film. The only film credit received as a group was for the 1935 western musical, "Stormy," directed by Lew Landers, as "The Original Arizona Wranglers." They often performed at movie theaters as a tie-in when the film featured one of their songs, and regularly performed evening shows on Hollywood radio station KNX, as well as affiliate work with Wilbur Cushman Performance, and the "Blue Monday Jamboree" radio program.
Among the identified members featured in the collection presented here are, Loyal Underwood ("Sheriff"), Leonard Dossey ("Dynamite"), Charles Hunter ("Iron Tale"), Calvin Short ("Sleepy"), L.F. Costello ("Slicker"), Cecil Wright ("Rowdy"), Jimmy Barron ("Shorty"), and a young Tony Romano, who would become a noted jazz guitarist and accompanist to Bob Hope's USO tours in the 1940s and 1950s.
8 x 10 inches. Very Good plus, several with pinholes in the margins, two with small chips to the top left margin, one with a minor chip to the bottom left corner, and two with closed tears to the top center. (Inventory #: 157039)