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The HOOSIER HOT SHOTS
Dick Stodghill, former newspaperman in the Hot Shots' old stomping grounds, has written a new book about the boys with a great deal of information based on his friendship with Gabe. When my copy arrived I sat down and started reading and, except for coffe and coffee disposal, didn't get back up till it was finished.
By special arrangement with Dick we are offering the book here, postage paid at the above rates (Washington residents - sales tax will be added).
I doubt Ken Trietsch, when playing with the Trietsch Family Band, would have ever guessed that someday he
would be in radio, the movies and tv (a medium that didn't even exist when he started in music). But,
along with his brother Paul and clarinet player Gabe Ward the core of the Hoosier Hot Shots was formed. The threesome added a bass when they left WOWO in Fort Wayne, Indiana, for the lights of Chicago. There,
on the National Barn Dance, they added Frank Kettering on bass (and as prime arranger for the group). Gil Taylor replaced Frank around the time the boys moved out to Hollywood. After an 11 year run of movies,
the fellows tried the new medium of television while doing a Mutual Broadcasting radio show and traveling with Gene Autry.
As the group slowed down, Gil left and Nate Harrison and Keith Milheim (the great whistler) joined the group.
Here on the web's first on line museum, you can see, hear and study the people that led the way for folks like Spike Jones and Weird Al Yankovic. Enjoy!
If traveling through or visiting the Olympia, Washington area you can hear the Hoosier Hot Shots on KBRD 680. E-Online considers KBRD to be the 9th best station in the United States (we consider it #1). And why not, KBRD has over 100 Hoosier Hot Shots songs on their playlist. Click on the bird for more information. Click HERE to see the KBRD video segment - and one second of your old curator (Courtesy KING-TV's Evening Magazine)
Music of the friends of the Hot Shots Museum. Check out our guest's listening rooms.
You can listen to any of the artists below just by clicking on the name.
Freddie "Schnickelfritz" Fisher
Hoosier Hot Shots
Mike Silverman and the Hot Frogs
Snap On Voles