It is hard to figure out who was the most hysterically absurd performer from the Spike Jones troupe of City Slickers, but many would cast a vote for this son of Swiss and German immigrants. Carl Grayson made his professional debut as a singer at the age of 19, and shortly thereafter joined the band of Henry Busse, where the young newcomer's vocal spots included the ditty "Two Seats in the Balcony." Grayson moved to Hollywood in 1936 and started his own fairly popular band. The studios tended to scout nightclubs for acting or more accurately personality talent in this era, and Grayson was offered a deal to become a contract player for Columbia. Chosen as a replacement for number one cowboy Roy Rogers, Grayson appeared in the oater Dodge City Trail, where he sang a number with Rogers' former cowboy group, the Sons of the Pioneers. Studios ...
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