Light, Otis J 1980

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This tape consists of recordings by Otis J. Light and his band, made in 1937 and 1947, respectively. His daughter, Betty Light Smith, explains how these recordings came to be in the Library of Congress.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Otis J. Light

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: 1980

Location: Llano County, Texas

Interviewer: None Given

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Songs recorded by Otis J. Light and band, "Sonny Boy", "Rye Whiskey", "The Desperate Ride", "Nobody’s Darlin’ but Mine", Identification of singers at Llano, Texas (Jan. 27, 1937), Benefit for Library of Congress in Washington, D. C., Betty Light Smith reads narrative, J. D. Dillingham, train conductor, Introduced Otis J. Light and band to Austin, John A. Lomax gathering recordings for Library of Congress, O. J. Light recorded on a train, Engagement played by Light and band, Recordings made in Seguin, Texas (1947), Otis J. Light, 87 years old as of January 1979, How he learned to play fiddle, How the band was started.

Tape 1, Side 2: Recorded music (again), Instrumentals.

Range Dates: 1937-1978

Bulk Dates: 1937-1947

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Llano Fiddle Festival

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