A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University
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Horace "Harpo" Kidwell (1910-2003) was one
of the most popular, well-known harmonica players active in Atlanta's early
country music scene. He appeared on WSB Radio's "Cross Roads Follies" program,
1941-1953, and later on radio and television broadcasts from Cincinnati. His
papers consist of fifty-two photographs, sheet music for one of his
compositions, a letter, and photocopies of handbills, programs, a logbook, and
Scope and Content of the Papers
These papers consist of fifty-two photographs, a single piece of sheet
music, three folders of printed materials, and one oversize folder relating to
Harpo Kidwell and his career in country music. Included in the photographs are
images of Kidwell alone, of Kidwell with various groups with whom he performed,
and of other contemporary country musicians. The sheet music is a photocopy of
"Moss Covered Mill," with words and music by Pete Cassell and Harpo Kidwell.
The first of the three folders contains a letter and photocopies of handbills,
programs, and clippings about Kidwell and his appearances in Ohio and Georgia.
The second folder includes photocopies of WLW log sheets from 1952. In the
third folder is a photocopy of an undated magazine titled Country Song Roundup that includes an article on the
"Midwestern Hayride," the WLW show in which Kidwell appeared during the
The oversize folder contains photocopies of clippings and handbills
documenting Kidwell's professional activities.
Biography of Harpo Kidwell
Horace "Harpo" Kidwell was born on December 18, 1910, in South Irvine,
Kentucky. As a member of Glenn Hughes's Roundup Gang, Kidwell primarily
established himself as one of the most popular, well-known harmonica players
active in Atlanta's early country music scene. Along with harmonica, he played
guitar and sang, appearing on WSB Radio's "Cross Roads Follies" program from
1941 to 1953, later moving north to work on WLW's "Midwestern Hayride,"
broadcast out of Cincinnati simultaneously on radio and television, and NBC's
"Cincinnati Music Hall." His compositions include "Boo Hoo Blues" and "Harpo's
Waltz." A 1987 inductee in the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame, Harpo
Kidwell died December 29, 2003, in Adairsville, Georgia.
Further information on Kidwell can be found in Wayne Daniel,
Pickin' on Peachtree, (Chicago and Urbana:
University of Illinois Press, 1990).
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the
Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring
materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog
using these headings.
WSB (Radio station :
WLW (Radio Station :
Country music --Georgia
--Atlanta --20th century
Country musicians--United States
Restrictions on Access
Unrestricted access. All requests subject to limitations noted in
departmental policies on reproduction.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any
publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection,
the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical
property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from
this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright
holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must
contain the complete citation to the original.
[item], [folder title], Harpo Kidwell Papers, M033, Popular Music
Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University,
Donated by Horace ("Harpo") Kidwell, October 1984 (M1984-19).
Processed by Christopher Ann Paton and Christine de Catanzaro, October
1987 (revised September 1998); EAD finding aid created by William Hardesty,
June 27, 2008.
Related materials in this repository:
WSB Radio Records, M003, Popular Music Collection
Wayne W. Daniel Papers, M108, Popular Music Collection
Also see the Atlanta Country Music Research Guide page on the Popular
Music Collection website.
Separated material: During processing,
photocopied sheet music was separated to Popular Music Oversize Sheet Music
Collection. See List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of