Claude Casey

Date: 1982 November 22
Length: 91 min.
Call Number: OHC54


Country music performer. Born September 13, 1912. Died June 24, 1999. Real name: Jesse Claude Casey. Career active late 1930s-1950s. One of several artists to come from the Charlotte area. Radio, stage, television, and movie performer. Formed the Pine State Playboys, late 1930s. Recorded for RCA Victor, late 1930s-early 1940s. Recorded for MGM, 1946-1953.

Interview Summary

1982 November 22
(1 hour, 31 minutes)
Country performer Claude Casey recalls highlights from his career during the 1930s-1950s. Discussion includes his movie career and working with producer Ron Ormond; memories of Slim Idaho, the Rangers Quartet, and the Rouse Brothers; appearing as the “Carolina Hobo”; working as a radio performer; working with different vaudeville performers, including Emmett Miller, Peanut Rogers, Sunshine Elliott, and Cotton Watts; a description of typical medicine show routines; memories of Grady Cole, the Briarhoppers, the Tennessee Ramblers, and the Pine State Playboys; his association with WGUS Augusta, Georgia; and his song folios.