Bill Callahan

Date: 1979 January 04
Length: 126 min.
Call Number: OHC50


Country performer. Born March 27, 1912. Died September 12, 2002. Career active 1930s-1950s. Real name: Homer C. Callahan. With brother, Walter “Joe” Callahan, formed the harmony duo the Callahan Brothers. The duo was known for their blues influence, expert yodeling, and comedy. Recorded for Decca during the 1940s and Columbia during the early 1950s.

Interview Summary

1979 January 4
(2 hours, 6 minutes)
Country performer Bill Callahan talks about his career as a member of the Callahan Brothers. Discussion includes family history; childhood and the start of his music career; the performance style of the Callahan Brothers; his recording career and early radio work; memories of performers he worked with through the years, including Bill Boyd and Moon Mullican; the role of comedy in their act; and the importance of personal appearances in the career of a performer.