Skeets Yaney

b. Clyde A. Yaney, 16 June 1912, Mitchell, Indiana, USA, d. 20 January 1978, USA. Playing guitar and harmonica, Yaney became very well known, owing in part to his skills as a songwriter and, chiefly,…
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b. Clyde A. Yaney, 16 June 1912, Mitchell, Indiana, USA, d. 20 January 1978, USA. Playing guitar and harmonica, Yaney became very well known, owing in part to his skills as a songwriter and, chiefly, as a radio disc jockey. He also worked in a very popular double act with accordionist Frankie Taylor as Skeets And Frankie, singing hillbilly music on radio, chiefly on KMOX in St. Louis, Missouri. He secured the gig with KMOX by simply turning up at the studio at five in the morning, making himself available until seven, and then leaving and going to his day job on a local construction site. This led to work presenting commercials and he was soon in demand for slots through the day and the construction work was history. He was heard on the popular Saturday evening barn dance, broadcast live from the studio, and on Sundays he happily sang hymns over the air.

Yaney and Taylor operated two bars, one in St. Louis, the other in Gravois. He made live appearances at these establishments and elsewhere, sometimes leading his National Champion Hillbillies. The radio work kept Yaney busy and prosperous for some two decades, including a spell as a disc jockey on KSTL and he also appeared on WEW. He had a moderately successful hit with ‘Forever And Always’, for MGM Records. He was twice named Mr. Deejay U.S.A.; additionally, WSM, Nashville, named him Most Popular Deejay In The Country. In 1980, two years after his death, Yaney was inducted into the Country Music Deejay Hall of Fame.