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circa 1940-1950; 1984
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A talented musician, Joseph "Cotton"
Carrier become a well-known broadcaster on Atlanta radio and television,
beginning on WSB's "Barn Dance" in 1942. Later in his career, he worked
alternately as a songwriter and promoter. His papers consist of photocopied
printed materials, part of one reel of microfilm, and twenty-three photographs,
and contain biographical material, including information on his professional
activities for WSB Radio, WAGA-TV, and the Lowery Music Group, and some details
on his army service during World War II.
Scope and Content of the Papers
These papers consist of two folders and one oversize folder of
photocopied printed materials, part of one reel of microfilm, and twenty-three
photographs. The first folder of printed materials contains three pages of
typewritten biographical material on Cotton Carrier, including information on
his professional activities for WSB Radio, WAGA-TV, and the Lowery Music Group,
and some details on his army service during World War II. One additional page
lists Carrier's memberships, offices, and honors obtained from various
professional and social organizations. The second folder contains two handbills
advertising Jane and Cotton Carrier's appearances in Georgia festivals, and an
issue of Mason Mint, a periodical published by the
Mason Candy Company (a sponsor of WSB's "Barn Dance"), which includes an
article titled "Mason Sponsors a Barn Dance." On microfilm are two scrapbooks
relating to Carrier's professional activities. Included in the oversize folder
is a 1980 issue of Marquee and a photocopy of an
undated issue of Country Song Roundup.
The photographs, which are copies made from the originals, mainly
document Carrier's career during the 1940s and 1950s, with images of him, his
wife, his brother Billy with the other Swanee River Boys, and other musicians
with whom he performed at WSB Radio and WAGA-TV. Also among the photographs are
two pictures of the awards ceremony of the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame
Biography of Cotton Carrier
Born near Arthur, Kentucky, Joseph "Cotton" Carrier proved himself
proficient on the mandolin, guitar, and fiddle at an early age. As a member of
such early country music groups as Goober and His Kentuckians and later, The
Plantation Gang, Carrier presented himself as a talented musician. It was
reportedly his personality, however, that landed him the position of emcee on
WSB Radio's popular "Barn Dance" program in 1941. After a hiatus between 1942
and 1946, when Carrier served in the army, he returned to Atlanta and WSB to
become a well-known broadcaster. During his time with WSB, Carrier maintained a
high profile, appearing on "Barn Dance," "The Dixie Farm And Home Hour,"
"Cracker Barrel," and "Georgia Jubilee." In the 1950s, Carrier continued
performing as a vocalist and guitarist for Boots Woodall and the TV Cowboys on
Later in his career, Cotton Carrier worked alternately as a songwriter
and promoter. In 1953, The Smith Brothers, an Atlanta gospel quartet, scored a
hit with Carrier's song "I Have But One Goal." As a promoter, Carrier was
equally successful, booking Elvis Presley's first Atlanta appearance in 1955.
In 1957, he joined the Lowery Music Group as a record promoter and in 1980 he
was named General Professional Manager for Lowery Music Group. He died in 1994
at the age of 75.
Carrier was married to the former Jane Logan, who performed on various
country music shows on WSB during the 1940s. Carrier's brother Billy also
became a well-known country musician as a member of the Swanee River Boys.
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 :
WAGA-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
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[item], [folder title], Cotton Carrier Papers, M029, Popular Music
Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University,
Donated by Joseph W. ("Cotton") Carrier, July 1984 (M1984-14).
Processed by Christopher Ann Paton and Christine de Catanzaro,
November 1988 (revised August 1998). EAD finding aid created by William
Hardesty, June 2008.
Related materials in this repository:
WSB Radio Records, M004, Popular Music Collection
Billy Carrier Papers, M032, Popular Music Collection
Boots Woodall Photograph Collection, M039, Popular Music
Wayne W. Daniel Papers, M108, Popular Music Collection
Also see the Atlanta Country Music Research Guide page on the Popular
Music Collection website.