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Eddie Wallace papers

Identifier: 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.


  • Creation: 1940-1983


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

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.


0.7 Linear Feet (in 2 boxes)

Language of Materials



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.

Off-Site Storage

Collection is stored offsite. Allow at least 2 working days for retrieval.

Acquisition Information

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

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.

Separated Materials:

During processing various materials were separated to other Popular Music and Culture Collections. Please contact Special Collections for access. Information about Songbooks, sound recordings, and videos can be found in the Georgia State University Library Catalog.

Popular Music Songbooks -- Please consult Catalog for Access

  1. Holy Light

Popular Music Sound Recordings Collection

  1. Recording The Sunshine Boys (Power Pak Gospel Series, PG 728) [M1986-04: LP]
  2. The Sunshine Boys Peace in the Valley (Nashville, a product of Starday Recording and Publishing Co., NLP 2073) [M1986-07: LP]

Popular Music Video Collection

  1. "Moonlight Raid/Challenge of the Range," Charles Starrett and The Sunshine Boys
  2. "West of Sonura," Charles Starrett and The Sunshine Boys

Processing Information

Processed by Christopher Ann Paton and Christine de Catanzaro at the file level, April 13, 1990.

Eddie Wallace:
A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
April 13, 1990
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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