WUMB October Program Guide

Salty & Mattie Holmes and the “Ghost Song”

Happy October!   So this is the month of Halloween, but I don’t have a whole lot of specifically Halloween material, to my chagrin.  But there is one group I’d like to introduce you to that I suspect you’ve never heard of… because they’re pretty well lost to antiquity. And by antiquity, I mean the 1950’s   His real name was Floyd Holmes, and was a musician in a lot of the early cowboy recordings that you’ve probably heard.  She was Jean Chapel (born as Opal Jean Amburgey).  They were married in 1947 and divorced in 1956, and had one daughter (see below.)

Here’s a proper introduction to Salty and Mattie (who recorded for MGM), as introduced by Webh Pierce.

Mama Don’t Allow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCOnG_aydi4

Most all of the videos you can find of these guys come from the WONDERFUL “Gannaway” videos.  This guy made hundreds of movie-studio quality 35mm color tracks of all our our favorite artists of the day.  I have all the videos on DVD, of course, but you can find lots of them on You-Tube.  If you can find the DVDs, by all means, BUY THEM, you won’t regret it. 

Back to Halloween, and the reason I brought up for this episode of the Dixie Bee Line blog, is their “Ghost Song”.  It’s just terrific!!  And you won’t find any of their material almost anywhere else.  And I search far and wide for this sort of thing.  Thankfully, we have the Gannaway videos.  

The Ghost Song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-_RoYpySpA

And here’s one with their little girl, Lana, just too precious:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8rKf2dbwJk

It seems like she had a later career on RCA records, too, as “Jean Chapel”.  Seems like she tried to jump the chasm to rock, as did many country artists of the day.  She did pretty well!  Take a listen: 


Here are a bunch of publicity photos I thought you may find interesting:




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~ Jon Gersh

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