The 1954 WLS Family Album:

Homer and Jethro

Curator's note: Largely thanks to their Victor recording contract (and their Kelloggs commercials), Henry Haynes (1920-1971) and Kenneth Burns (1920-1989), were among the biggest stars of the WLS National Barn Dance. But they were also superb musicians. Kenneth Burns is remembered as one of country music's most accomplished and influential mandolin artists.

Right: Homer and Jethro produce odd, comical and pleasing twists to their mountain-style harmonizing and masterful mandolin-guitar treatment of their own home-made parodies on popular songs. As a result, the RCA Victor records of these National Barn Dance stars are in big demand from cow-camps to colleges. Henry (Homer) Haynes, left, born in Knoxville, Tenn., is married to Elizabeth Coleman, Greenville, Ky. Son Kenneth is 10. Consaga, Ga., is Kenneth (Jethro) Burns' birth-place. His wife was Lola Johnson, Williamsburg, Ohio. John, their son, is 5.

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