The 1934 WLS Family Album:

Red Foley and Eva Overstake

Curator's Note: Unfortunately, the marriage of country music legend Red Foley and Eva Overstake (who also performed under the name of Judy Martin) ended in 1951 when Eva overdosed on sleeping pills and died. Eva apparently feared Red was having an affair with Sally Sweet, whom he later married.

Once upon a time, a blue-eyed girl came to sing at WLS. Her name was Eva Overstake, and sometimes they called her Little Eva. When she sang with her two sisters, she always took the yodel parts, and she always had a happy smile when she sang the high notes.

One day there came from the Kentucky hills a tall, red-headed soft-spoken Southerner. His name was Clyde Julian Foley, but because of his red hair, they called him "Red". He played the guitar and was at his best singing about moonlight and roses.

So it came to pass---but why waste words? Eva Overstake and "Red" were early last summer. It was a surprise to all of us, as it will be to you. We take this opportunity to offer felicitations and best wishes, and we know we speak also for you.

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