Asher Sizemore

Asher Sizemore (b. 6 June 1906, Manchester, Kentucky, USA, d. 24 November 1975, De Queen, Arkansas, USA) and his eldest son Jimmy (b. 29 January 1928, Paintsville, Kentucky, USA). Sizemore initially worked…
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Asher Sizemore (b. 6 June 1906, Manchester, Kentucky, USA, d. 24 November 1975, De Queen, Arkansas, USA) and his eldest son Jimmy (b. 29 January 1928, Paintsville, Kentucky, USA). Sizemore initially worked as a bookkeeper for a mining company in Pike County but aspired to be a singer. In 1931, singing old-time and cowboy songs, he appeared on radio in Huntington, West Virginia, before moving to WCKY Cincinnati and then WHAS Louisville, where he was first joined on air by his five-year-old son. In 1933, the duo were hired by the Grand Ole Opry, where they remained a popular act for about 10 years. Jimmy, at the age of five, allegedly had a repertoire of over 200 songs and understandably because of his extreme youth, his Opry and radio performances gained him a considerable following. He sang duets with his father but is remembered for his youthful renditions of numbers such as ‘Chewing Gum’ and ‘The Booger Bear’. In 1934, he achieved recording success with a maudlin rendition of ‘Little Jimmy’s Goodbye To Jimmie Rodgers’.

The Sizemores toured regularly but to augment their income, Asher established a very successful mail-order service for their annual books of Health & Home Songs and they also made transcription disc recordings that Asher syndicated to stations throughout the south and Midwest. By the late 30s, the act also included Jimmy’s younger brother Buddy. Drawing mainly on sentimental numbers that contained regular references to mother, home, death, heaven and righteousness, with some interruption for part of World War II, they maintained a successful career throughout the 40s, mainly in the Midwest. In 1950, now joined by daughter Nancy Louise, Asher returned to WKLO Louisville. Jimmy and Buddy both served in the US Forces in Korea, Buddy being killed in action in November 1950. Asher and Jimmy later moved to Arkansas where they both worked on radio. Asher Sizemore died in 1975 but Jimmy moved to Oklahoma and continued to work on radio in an executive capacity.