A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University
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April 13, 1990
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Eddie Wallace (born in Atlanta, Georgia in
1924), was a founding member of "The Sunshine Boys," a male vocal quartet
specializing in spiritual music, that appeared on radio, in motion pictures,
and on recordings from 1943. His papers consist of copies of correspondence,
newsclippings, magazines, programs, and other printed material and
reproductions of photographs and posters.
Scope and Content of the Papers
These papers consist of copies of correspondence, newsclippings,
magazines, programs, and other printed material and reproductions of
photographs and posters from Wallace's personal collection. The materials focus
on the work of the Sunshine Boys and Diplomats in the Southeast, California,
and Nevada from approximately 1940 through the late 1970s. Audiovisual and
other non-manuscript materials were transferred to the appropriate collections
within the Special Collections Department, except for one printed poster which
is filed with the manuscript collection.
Biography of Eddie Wallace
Eddie Wallace, who was born in Atlanta on February 2, 1924, was a
founding member of "The Sunshine Boys," a male vocal quartet specializing in
spiritual music. The group was organized in 1943, and was originally comprised
of Eddie Wallace, piano and accordion; M.H. "Ace" Richman, bass fiddle; A.L
"Smitty" Smith, guitar; and J.O. "Tennessee" Smith, fiddle. Initially the group
worked the WSB Radio "Barn Dance" at the Erlanger Theatre in Atlanta. In 1944
the group made the move to WAGA radio in Atlanta, where it transcribed two
network shows, "The Sunshine Boys" for Colonial Stores and "The Light Crust
Doughboys" for Burris Mill and Elevator Company.
In 1946 the Sunshine Boys went to Hollywood, California where they
were signed to do a series of ten movies with Eddie Dean and Lash LaRue; they
moved the next year to Columbia Studios to complete several more movies. After
moving back to Atlanta and WSB Radio in 1948, they became involved with the
introduction of television in the city, while continuing to work on movies for
Columbia. In 1949 the group signed contracts with Decca records and Langworth
Transcription Agency (Langworth was located in New York). In the course of the
next ten years they recorded 860 songs for Langworth and had daily radio shows
on over 600 radio stations throughout the world.
The group worked during the 1950s for General Foods, advertising
Minute Rice, and the WWVA Jamboree USA from Wheeling, West Virginia; they also
transferred to Dot records. Beginning in 1960 they began working the Nevada
club circuit, and transferred to Starday records where they remained until the
group semi-retired in 1968.
Further background information on the Sunshine Boys may be found in
the "Historical Sketch" filed in the collection.
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.
Sunshine Boys (Musical
WSB (Radio station :
station : 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.
[item], [folder title], Eddie Wallace Papers, M054, Popular Music
Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University,
Donated by Eddie Wallace, February 23, 1986 (M1986-07).
Processed by Christopher Ann Paton and Christine de Catanzaro, April
13, 1990 (revised September, December 1998). EAD finding aid created by William
Hardesty, June 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, a
printed songbook, videotapes, and sound recordings were separated to Popular
Music Collections. See List of Separated Material following Detailed
Description of the Collection.