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Dale Goudy and the Blue Sky Buckaroos / Trio

Dalton/Wooster, late 1940s-1975

Dale Goudy was an accordian player who led his band for 30 years and peformed 100s of local shows. Based on old newspaper ads, he started peforming in the mid 1940s leading a band called the Blue Sky Buckaroos. In 1947 the band included Dale, Curly Sims on mandolin, and Lee Clark on guitar.

During the 1950s he was also billed as leading a polka band. Makes sense as playing polka may have been more lucrative in 1950s NE Ohio. He was from Dalton, roughly mid way between Wooster and Massilon, and played both cities often, along with Dover, New Philadephia, Akron. He ended up moving to Wooster.

In 1962, at the height of the Twist craze, he made a record for Hilltop, a twist adaptation of "Frankie and Johnny" that featured Gene Burkhart on vocals. Gene performed with Dale during the early 60s as the band could offer the two-for-one deal of playing polkas and twist dance music! The record is credited to Dale and the Blue Sky Trio.

Dale continued to perform until he became ill and passed away in January of 1976.

Frankie and Johnny Twist / Day Dreaming - Hilltop 1884, 1962