b. Marvin D. Wetter, 1913, Rinard, Iowa, USA, d. 6 June 2001, Dallas, Texas, USA. Raised in a rural community, Montgomery played tenor banjo and also became adept on guitar and vibraphone. In 1935 he became a member of the Light Crust Doughboys, adding a jazzy zest to the country base. The peak years for the Doughboys were from 1937 until America’s entry into World War II. During this period, the band made countless radio broadcasts and were hugely popular. The band’s radio sponsor was the Burrus Mill and Elevator Company and although the company folded the Light Crust Doughboys’ radio show in 1942 they did make an attempt to regroup after the war but did not see out the 40s.
Decades later, Burrus Mill hired Montgomery and others to re-form for occasional promotional events. In 1949, Montgomery joined the Big D Jamboree, in Dallas, Texas, becoming a founder member of one of the show’s house bands, the Country Gentlemen. Montgomery recorded with Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers and under his own name in a band that included Parker, Don Franz (tuba), Delbert McClinton (harmonica), and Cody Sandifer (drums); a similar line-up, adding New Orleans clarinettist Raymond Burke, recorded under the pianist’s name. In 1977, the Light Crust Doughboys were officially recognized through Texas Senate Resolution No. 463 for its significant contributions to Texas history and Texas music. In the new millennium the Dallas Banjo Band released on the DBB label, A Tribute To Smokey Montgomery Of The Light Crust Doughboys: Smokey’s Picks.