b. 15 July 1914, Coon Island, Donegal, Washington County, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 10 December 1996, Kissimmee, Osceola County, Florida, USA. Born into a farming family, Hewitt heard old-time music at country fairs and dancehalls and took up the fiddle, thus following the example of his amateur musician father. In the late 40s he was active at the original WWVA Wheeling Jamboree, playing with Frankie More’s Log Cabin Boys and with Shorty Fincher And His Cotton Pickers. Hewitt was also a contributor to the WLS National Barn Dance, appearing on the show in the mid-60s. During World War II he served in the US Marine Corps in the Pacific. Hewitt married Ruth Johnson, one of the three Johnson Sisters, a popular regional radio act. He also played with the Sage Riders, a band that included Jimmy Hutchinson, who was married to another of the Johnson Sisters. Among the songs in Hewitt’s repertoire, and which he recorded for RCA - Victor Records, were ‘I Wish I Knew’, ‘I Would Send You Roses’, ‘Ask My Heart’ and ‘Waltzing My Blues Away’.
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