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Polly Possum and Joe Wolverton with The Dog Patch Boys

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Polly Possum was the stage name for country vocalist Polly O’Neal.

Wolverton’s name usually comes up in reference to his relationship with guitar and recording legend Les Paul.

Joe Wolverton (1906 - 1994) had mentored Les Paul, and was his guitar teacher in the early 1920s. The two performed together as a duo into the early ’30s. They split over artistic differences in 1933 - - Paul wanted to move to playing more jazz and going electric, and Wolverton’s interest at the time lay with acoustic country music.

Wolverton played in radio bands in the 1930s, and in 1943 was leading a ‘kountry korn’ band called The Local Yokels when he was enlisted by Spike Jones to become one of his City Slickers.
He performed with the band on and off between ‘43 and ‘46, and his guitar can be heard on some of the 1943 Spike Jones Standard Radio Transcription recordings.

Following his tenure with Jones, he played (now electric guitar) on several Polly Possum records, which all seem to date from the early 1950s.

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