Girls of the Golden West, the
- Travis D. Stimeling
Western vocal duo consisting of the sisters Mildred “Molly” (b Mt. Carmel, IL, 11 April 1913; d Cincinnati, OH, 2 May 1993) and Dorothy “Dolly” Goad (later Good) (b Mt. Carmel, 11 Dec 1915; d 12 Nov 1967). They were born and raised in downstate Illinois, where their mother taught them guitar and singing. In 1930 they made their professional debut on the St. Louis radio station WIL before moving to KMOX, where the radio executive Walter Richards gave them a name derived from the title of a popular Bret Harte cowboy story and Puccini opera. They later spent time on the border station XER before moving to Chicago’s WLS in 1933, where they joined the National Barn Dance. In 1933 they recorded in two sessions for Bluebird; these included “That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine” and “Tumble Down Shack in My Dreams” in July and “Round-up Time in Texas” and “The Cowgirl’s Dream” in December. In ...