Johnson Family Full Radio Broadcast


Johnson Family Full Radio Broadcast


Complete hourlong radio broadcast by the Johnson Family, WAVU, Albertville, Alabama, 1950s. Transferred from a cassette recording of the original broadcast. Courtesy George Johnson.

Full playlist:

Farmall Tractors Portion (00:00-30:00)

Sally Gooden
Give the Fiddler a Dram
Farmall Tractors Spot
Where the Soul of Man Never Dies
Oh My Little Boy, She’s Fooling You              
Silver Bell
Molly Put the Kettle On                                 
Farmall Tractors Spot (Right or Wrong instrumental)
Some of Them Gals Will to Do Take Along
Down Yonder
Farmall Tractors Spot (Nobody’s Sweetheart Now)
Shall We Gather at the River
Closing (Turkey In the Straw)

Hunter’s Community Store Portion (30:00-45:00)
Hunter’s Community Store Song
Flop Eared Mule
8th of January
I Feel Like Traveling On
Hunter’s Food Store Spot
--- in the Woodpile 
Drifting and Dreaming

J. B. Roberts and Sons Portion (45:00-60:00)
I Went to Your Wedding (performed for a newlywed couple in the studio)
J. B. Roberts and Sons Spot
Chambers Rag
Hide Me, Rock of Ages
J. B. Roberts and Sons / Star Brand Work Shoes Spot
Arkansas Traveler
Closing (Turkey in the Straw)

Note: Around the 43-minute mark the band introduces a once-widespread instrumental fiddle tune with a racially offensive title; we have edited the recording to eliminate this language but have otherwise kept the full broadcast intact as a valuable historic artifact and a reflection of its time and culture. The Southern Music Research Center stands against all forms of racial prejudice, including the use of racially demeaning language. 




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