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Eddie Wallace:

A Guide to His Papers 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

April 13, 1990

Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 from HTML source, June 30, 2008.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:Wallace, Eddie
Title:Eddie Wallace papers
Dates: 1940-1983
Quantity: .7 linear ft. (in 2 boxes)
Abstract: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.
Identification: M054

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.

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.

Wallace, Eddie
Sunshine Boys (Musical group).
WSB (Radio station : Atlanta, Ga.)
WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
Country musicians--Georgia.
Gospel music--Southern States.
Western films.


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], Eddie Wallace Papers, M054, Popular Music Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Eddie Wallace, February 23, 1986 (M1986-07).

Processing Information

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 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.

Separated Material

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.

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