Captain Stubby & The Buccaneers

Formed shortly before the USA’s entry into World War II, this group was the brainchild of Tom C. Fouts (b. 24 November 1918, Carroll County, Indiana, USA, d. 26 May 2004, Kokomo, Indiana, USA) who had…
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Formed shortly before the USA’s entry into World War II, this group was the brainchild of Tom C. Fouts (b. 24 November 1918, Carroll County, Indiana, USA, d. 26 May 2004, Kokomo, Indiana, USA) who had first formed a singing group at high school. While at Indiana State College he met and was joined by Jerry Richards and Dwight ‘Tiny’ Stokes. With two others, they broadcast often, especially over WDAN and WLW, the latter being based in Cincinnati, Ohio, but their progress was affected when the three original members joined the US Navy. There, they again became a quintet through the addition of Tony Walberg and John ‘Sonny’ Fleming. The group entertained fellow servicemen at camps and hospitals, concentrating on country music and light comedy routines.

In the post-war years Captain Stubby And The Buccaneers continued as a musical group, again broadcasting over WLW. They also worked in New York but from the start of the 50s were based in Chicago, broadcasting over WLS where they sang hymns on a religious programme, but were mainly heard on the station’s popular weekly National Barn Dance show. In addition to singing, the group’s members also played a variety of musical instruments with Richards being a notable clarinet player. The group made some singles for Decca Records and several for Majestic Records, including ‘Meet Me Tonight In The Cowshed’/‘Terry The Termite’, ‘Piccolo Pete’/‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band’, ‘Brazen Little Raisin’/‘Wahoo’, ‘Dum Dot Song’/‘Buffalo Gals’ and ‘Pecos Bill’/‘Goodbye’. In addition to their radio broadcasts, the group toured across country. Fouts also appeared on numerous broadcasts with Charles ‘Homer’ Bill, their five-minute show running into hundreds of editions. Fouts also composed some songs and advertising jingles. In 1960, the National Barn Dance, which had been on the air since 1924, closed and this was when Captain Stubby And The Buccaneers disbanded.