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Boots Woodall:

A Guide to His Photographs at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University Library
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
Fax: 404-413-2881

August 1998

Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 from HTML source, June 27, 2008.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator: Woodall, Boots, d. 1988
Title:Boots Woodall photographs
Dates: circa 1940-circa 1960
Quantity: .2 linear ft. (in 1 box)
Abstract:Dennis "Boots" Woodall (1921-1988) was a guitarist who belonged to several bands that performed on Atlanta radio before World War II. After Air Corps service, he returned to Atlanta and founded his own band, the Radio Wranglers, which became well known on radio and on WAGA-TV (as the TV-Wranglers). His collection consists of 119 photographs, including individual shots of Woodall, group photos of him and other country musicians, pictures of other country music groups, and an artist's sketch of Woodall.
Identification: M039

Scope and Content of the Papers

This collection consists of 119 photographs that document Boots Woodall's career in country music. Included are individual shots of Woodall, group photos of Woodall and other country musicians, pictures of other country music groups, and an artist's sketch of Woodall.

Biography of Boots Woodall

Dennis "Boots" Woodall was born on October 9, 1921, in Paulding County, Georgia. His early years were spent in Buckhead, where he learned to play guitar at the age of 10 or 11. He later switched to Hawaiian and then to steel guitar. Woodall's first radio appearance took place as a teenager, on "Uncle Harry's Variety Show" (WAGA); as a young man he was also a member of Bill Gatins' Jug Band (WATL) and Uncle Ned's Texas Wranglers (WSB), on "Cross Roads Follies." After a short sojourn in the Midwest, he returned south to appear in WSB's "Barn Dance" beginning in 1941. After World War II, during which he served in the Air Force, he returned to Atlanta and founded his own band, the Radio Wranglers, a group that became well known on radio and on WAGA-TV under its new name, the TV-Wranglers. Woodall and his group toured throughout the south and were frequently recorded, most notably on the King label. Woodall also composed many country tunes, such as "If I Could Send You Roses" and "Dog House Boogie." Woodall died in 1988 after pursuing a career in sales and real estate for twenty-five years.

Index Terms

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.

Woodall, Boots, d. 1988--Archives
WSB (Radio station : Atlanta, Ga.)
Radio Wranglers.
WAGA (Radio station : Atlanta, Ga.)
WAGA-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
Country music--Georgia--Atlanta--20th century.
Country musicians--Georgia--Atlanta.
Atlanta (Ga.)


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.

Administrative Information


[item], [folder title], Boots Woodall Photographs, M037, Popular Music Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Pauline D. Woodall, October 1985 (M1985-04).

Processing Information

Processed by Christopher Ann Paton and Christine de Catanzaro, September 1998; EAD finding aid created by William Hardesty, June 27, 2008.

Related Material

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.

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