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The Girls of the Golden West
Origin Mt. Carmel, Illinois
Genres Country music
Years active 1933- Early 1960s
Labels Bluebird Records, Bluebonnet Records
Former members
Dolly and Millie Good

The Girls of the Golden West (Mildred Fern Good, born April 11, 1913 - died May 3, 1993) and Dorothy Laverne Good, born December 11, 1915 - died November 12, 1967) is a former female Country music female group that was popular during the "Western Era" of the 1930s and 1940s. Mildred and Dolly Good were born in Mt. Carmel, Illinois. They helped to develop women performers in Country and western music.

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Rise to fame

The Girls of the Golden West first entertained family and friends before they worked on a radio station in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1933, they moved to the WLS National Barn Dance, then the home of Country music pioneers Gene Autry and Patsy Montana. Bradley Kincaid, also at WLS, later worked with the girls in their recordings. They first started recording for Bluebird Records in 1933, where they stayed for quite some time. They named themselves the Girls of the Golden West, taken from the popular opera by Puccini called The Girl of the Golden West. They started singing some great newly written music like "Put My Little Shoes Away" and "Ragtime Cowboy Joe" and this made them stars.

The Girls of the Golden West were one of the most popular acts of the 1930s and 40s and were one of the few women that were to be found in Country music. In a male-dominated genre, it was often hard for women to gain the sense of equality their male counterparts had during this time. This is why the Girls of the Golden west had worked so hard to preserve what they had and keep strong because if they gave up, their careers could end quickly. The Girls also had kept a fictitious story of their life. They would claim they were from Muleshoe, Texas but in reality, they were farming girls form Illinois. However, this was all part of the image of the "Western Music" craze theme thaht swept across the nation in the 1930s and 40s. They would normally wear Cowgirl western-style outfits for their appearances on television programs across the nation, which was once again part of this "western" theme.

Career peak and decline

the Girls of the Golden West were pioneers in Country music at the time. This was because there were few women at the time in country music, like for example Patsy Montana, The girls would inspire a whole new breed of country music singers like Kitty Wells, Jean Shepard and Patsy Cline. They would also inspire a short-lived Country girl group called the The Davis Sisters. It was amazing at the time to see women in Country music because by most records companies, they wouldn't be accepted. The Girls of the Golden West still remained a popular group, with other songs like "Lonesome Cowgirl" and "Silvery Moon of the Golden Gate", which without a doubt became their signature tune. Later in their careers, they performed one more television shows like Renfro Valley Barn Dance and "Boone County Jamboree". Toward the end of the 40s, their careers faded more and more as the "Western" craze was fading away. They also later moved from WLS to WLW in Cincinnati, Ohio. After this, they occasionally performed and had even recorded again in the early 60s, just when female's were gaining their mainstay in Country music. In 1967, Dolly Good died and later in 1993, Millie Good died, leaving a long-lasting legacy on Country music behind.

See also

Sources

  • Country Music:The Rough Guide; Wolff, Kurt
  • All Music

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The Girls of the Golden West
Origin Mt. Carmel, Illinois, United States
Genres Country music
Years active 1933–early 1960s
Labels Bluebird Records, Bluebonnet Records
Former members
Dolly and Millie Good

The Girls of the Golden West comprising (Mildred Fern Good, April 11, 1913 - May 3, 1993) and (Dorothy Laverne Good, December 11, 1915 - November 12, 1967) was an American female country music female duo that was popular during the "Western Era" of the 1930s and 1940s. Mildred and Dolly Good were born in Mt. Carmel, Illinois.

Contents

Rise to fame

The Girls of the Golden West first entertained family and friends before they worked on a radio station in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1933, they moved to the WLS National Barn Dance, then the home of country music pioneers Gene Autry and Patsy Montana. Bradley Kincaid, also at WLS, later worked with the girls in their recordings. They first started recording for Bluebird Records in 1933. They named themselves the Girls of the Golden West, taken from the opera by Puccini, The Girl of the Golden West. They started singing songs such as "Put My Little Shoes Away" and "Ragtime Cowboy Joe".

The Girls of the Golden West were one of the most popular acts of the 1930s and 1940s, and were one of the few women then found performing country music. The Girls also had kept up a fictitious story of their life. They would claim they were from Muleshoe, Texas but in reality, they were farming girls from Illinois. However, this was all part of the image of the "Western Music" craze. They would normally wear cowgirl western-style outfits for their appearances on television programs.

Career peak and decline

Girls of the Golden West were pioneers in country music at the time. There were few women then in the genre, excluding Patsy Montana, The girls would inspire a whole new breed of country music singers such as Kitty Wells, Jean Shepard and Patsy Cline. They would also inspire a short-lived girl group, The Davis Sisters. The Girls of the Golden West still remained a popular group, with other songs like "Lonesome Cowgirl" and "Silvery Moon of the Golden Gate", which became their signature tune. Later in their careers, they performed on more television shows such as Renfro Valley Barn Dance and Boone County Jamboree. Toward the end of the 1940s, their careers faded. They also later moved from WLS to WLW in Cincinnati, Ohio. After this, they occasionally performed and recorded again in the early 1960s.

In 1967 Dolly Good died, and Millie Good followed at the age of eighty in 1993.

See also

Sources

  • Country Music:The Rough Guide; Wolff, Kurt
  • All Music

External links


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