Kenny & Bettyanne Roberts Live Broadcast


Kenny & Bettyanne Roberts Live Broadcast


Kenny and Bettyanne Roberts drop by Poughkeepshie, New York, radio station WHVW for a live broadcast of Darwin Lee's Real Hillbilly Music Show.

"The Jumping Cowboy" and "America's King of the Yodelers," Kenny Roberts (1927-2012) began a long career in country music in the mid-1940s, scoring his greatest hit with 1949's "I Never See Maggie Alone"; he continued to perform on radio, television, and stage shows for decades, and his recordings in time became a popular fixture of Darwin Lee's Real Hillbilly Music Show. Roberts' wife, singer and songwriter Bettyanne (1932-2016) toured and performed with her husband and wrote a number of his songs. 

Since the couple arrived at the station with no guitar in hand, a listener quickly brought a guitar to the studio, allowing Kenny to perform on air.

Please see also Darwin Lee Hill's 2001 telephone interview with Kenny Roberts, during which Roberts sang, played guitar, and yodeled. 

Audio courtesy Darwin Lee Hill.


“Kenny & Bettyanne Roberts Live Broadcast,” Southern Music Research Center, accessed June 13, 2024,