Smokey Warren

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b. 12 August 1916, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, d. 25 November 2005, New Jersey, USA. Warren played guitar and sang with his brother Shorty (b. 15 May 1913, USA) as the Warren Brothers. Based at first in Phoenix,…
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b. 12 August 1916, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, d. 25 November 2005, New Jersey, USA. Warren played guitar and sang with his brother Shorty (b. 15 May 1913, USA) as the Warren Brothers. Based at first in Phoenix, around 1941 the duo moved to New Jersey where they broadcast over WAAT with their band, the Western Rangers, which comprised Coy McDaniels (guitar), Cy Swed (fiddle) and Dick Richards (accordion). Included in Smokey’s repertoire were songs such as ‘I Wonder Where You Are Tonight’, ‘The Prisoner’s Dream’, ‘Let Me Down Again’ and ‘The Letter Edged In Black’, as well as instrumental features including ‘Truck Driver’s Ride’ and ‘Smokey’s Polka’.

Shorty also led a band, the Westerners, and during the 40s and 50s this band and the duo played many shows in the area, including touring army hospitals. Smokey was also a booking agent and in the 50s the brothers owned The Copa Club, in Secaucus, New Jersey. During the 50s the Warren Brothers had their own television show, The Garden State Jamboree, on WATV, featuring big name country and hillbilly artists.