Colorado Hayride, Barn Dance & Western Star Theater

Music was always in Dad’s blood. None of us kids (Kitty, Pat & me) can really remember a time when Dad was not involved in music and the Rangers. When Buddy became involved in radio he had his band on the radio and when he became involved in TV he had his band on TV.

The evening shows were on Friday nights for an hour and were called initially the "Colorado Hayride" and later the "Barn Dance”. The ‘Hayride' had Cliff Hendrix as the master of ceremonies and also for a while had local square dance groups.

Cliff Hendrix was a mainstay on KCSJ radio for years and along with Buddy and others worked both on radio and TV.

The 1956 TV version of The Colorado Rangers: top Buddy (drums and occasionally bass), second row left to right: Loren “Red” Fanning (piano), Clarence “Russ” Hayes (steel guitar); bottom row: Roy “Pinky” Leatherman (guitar), “Chet” Lee Calcote (guitar) and Duane “Duke” Farrin (violin). Chet was with the band for two of the TV years, while the others played with Buddy anywhere from 10 to 21 years.

Another publicity photograph for the evening music shows. This is when Buddy’s band was playing evenings both on the radio and TV. Left to right: Dave Yarberry (trumpet), Duke Farrin (violin), Buddy (drums), Roy Leatherman (guitar), and Dell ‘Tex' Boyles (piano).

The largest configuration Buddy had on his evening TV shows. Left to right: Russ Hayes (steel guitar), Dave Yarberry (trumpet), LeRoy Meyers (here on drums), Duke Ferrin (seated, violin), behind him is Roy Leatherman (guitar), Buddy (here on bass), and Dell ‘Tex' Boyles (piano).

This is a song list for the Rangers to play on the evening of Thursday, June 25, 1957 show of The Barn Dance. Buddy preplanned everything as much as possible ahead of time. The evening music shows were held with large live audiences which were encouraged to dance and join in. These shows were broadcast from the same studio as 'The Adventurer’s Club Show.

Heres one of the groups of square dancers who appeared on the Colorado Hayride evening live music show. Front row, left to right: Sally Anderson, Ceila Osomanski, Bill Meredith (caller), Mary Jean Ciruli, Suzanne Taylor, Connie Lenocia; Back row, left to right: Larry Mazer, Danny Steckman, Ely Jensen, Van Petry, Lowell Custard. (These names might be wrong, they are written lightly on the back of the print, if you know any other these people and I have any names wrong - email me).

On Tuesday nights, Buddy hosted the 'Western Star Theater’, which showed Western movies. Often during breaks in the shows, he would tell stories about people in the films that he personally knew. 

11-10 Looking back all these years, it was no wonder that he seemed to always be gone from home in Beulah. They were long days as his first show of the day was usually his noon western music radio show, then the 'Adventurer's Club' and finally the evening shows, like the 'Barn Dance' or 'Western Star Theater' which could end at midnight depending on the movie.           © John Johnson 2019       All rights reserved.