note - Cal, and his brother Walt, teamed up in the Colorado
Hillbillies. Brother Walt also recorded on the Calico label (brother
After Cal, Shorty Thompson and his Rhythm Rangers appeared on KOA radio. Shorty also recorded for Mercury and produced a couple of ditties, "Fishin'" / "Smiles Are Made Out of Sunshine" (Mercury 6012), and "Foolish Love" / "Smiles Are Made Out of Sunshine" (Mercury 6135).
(OF NOTE: Before he
headed up the Rhythm Rangers, Shorty Thompson's group, Saddle Rockin'
Rhythm, which also appeared on KOA, featured Shorty's wife Sue, her
sister Sally, and a then-unknown guitar picker, Chet Atkins).
In 1950, Columbine (before it was Band Box) released recordings from Will Graves and his Rhythm Rangers. I have two in my collection - "When the World Has Turned You Down" / "Guess I'm Better Off Without You" (104) and "Iron Horse" / "You Two-Timed Me One Too Often" (108).
Then, along came Dave Spielman's Rhythm Rangers.
I have another Spielman/Rhythm Rangers 78 in my stash, with the band backing Sonny Le Barron on "Vagabond Dreamer" / "Much Too Old to Cry" (Ranger 506).
Sadly, Dave Spielman's life was cut short, when he passed away, in 1955, at the age of 35. His wife (and singing partner) Billie passed away in 1986 (age 60). Both are buried in Evergreen Cemetery, in Colorado Springs.