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Boots Woodall photographs

 Collection
Identifier: 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.

Dates

  • circa 1940-circa 1960

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

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.

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.

Extent

0.2 Linear Feet (in 6 folders)

Language of Materials

English

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.

Acquisition Information

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

Related Archival Materials

The Popular Music and Culture Collection includes numerous photographs that have been digitized and are available online in Georgia State University Library Digital Collections.

Processing Information

Processed by Christopher Ann Paton and Christine de Catanzaro at the file level, September 1998.
Title
Boots Woodall:
Subtitle
A Guide to His Photographs at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
August 1998
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • June 27, 2008: EAD finding aid created by William Hardesty.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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