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McMichen, Clayton, 1900-1970
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Country musician Clayton McMichen
(1900-1970) performed as a fiddler on WSB Radio in Atlanta from 1922 and
recorded with the Skillet Lickers from 1926. He had an active career after
leaving Atlanta in 1931, later fronting the Georgia Wildcats. retiring from
music in 1955.
Scope and Content of the Papers
The Clayton McMichen Papers, which were collected by McMichen's
daughter, Juanita Lynch, consist of copies of manuscript and photographic
materials documenting the life and career of Clayton McMichen. The manuscript
portion consists of correspondence, some legal documents, contracts, and
copyright information, and copies of two handwritten songs by Bert Layne and
Clayton McMichen. Four LP recordings featuring McMichen have been transferred
to the sound recording collection, and an Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame
newsletter has been filed in the ephemera collection. The sixty-three
photographs include casual and professional images of McMichen alone, with
family and friends, or with other country musicians. Also among the photographs
are several individual and group shots of country musicians.
Biography of Clayton McMichen
Clayton McMichen, who was born on January 26, 1900 in Allatoona,
Georgia, began to play the fiddle when he was 11 years old. He began to gain
notoriety on his instrument at fiddlers' conventions in the 1920s and on WSB
radio. Soon after WSB went on the air in Atlanta in 1922 and for the following
four years, McMichen was heard as the leader of a string band called the Home
Town Boys. He went on to make several popular recordings with the Skillet
Lickers between 1926 and 1930; in about 1930, when the original Skillet Lickers
disbanded, he formed his own band, Clayton McMichen and His Melody Men. His new
band remained one of the highlights of WSB's programming until he left Atlanta
in early 1931.
McMichen worked at numerous radio stations throughout the east and
southeast during the 1930s and early 1940s, fronting a band called the Georgia
Wildcats, making frequent recordings, and appearing at fiddling contests. From
1945 to 1955, McMichen changed the style of his band to Dixieland. He retired
from music in 1955, but in the 1960s he was coaxed out of retirement to appear
in bluegrass and folk festivals. He died in Battletown, Kentucky, on January 3,
Further information on Clayton McMichen can be found in Wayne Daniel,
Pickin' on Peachtree (Urbana and Chicago:
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 :
Georgia Wildcats (Musical
Country music --Georgia
--Atlanta --20th century
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], Clayton McMichen Papers, M059, Popular Music
Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University,
Donated by Juanita Lynch, July 29, 1986 (M1986-10).
Processed by Christopher Ann Paton and Christine de Catanzaro, October
28, 1991 (revised May 4, 1995, October 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,
phonograph records were separated to Popular Music Sound Recordings Collection.
See List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the