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Hank Penny

Herbert Clayton Penny (September 18, 1918 – April 17, 1992) was an accomplished banjo player and practitioner of Western swing. He worked as a comedian best known for his backwoods character "That Plain Ol' Country Boy" on TV with Spade Cooley. He was married to country singer Sue Thompson from 1953–63.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 18, 1918 (Birmingham), Died April 17, 1992 (Camarillo)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1946 - 1957

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, guitar, leader, speaker, songwriter

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 26 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor E0VB-5002 10-in. 10/12/1950 Just for old times' sake California Cowhands ; Hank Penny Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble leader, instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor E0VB-5003 10-in. 10/12/1950 'Tater pie California Cowhands ; Hank Penny Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, guitar, leader, vocalist  
Victor E1VB-0533 10" 1/23/1951 A bad penny always returns California Cowhands ; Hank Penny Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor E1VB-0534 10" 1/23/1951 What she's got is mine California Cowhands ; Hank Penny Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor E1VB-0536 10" 1/23/1951 No muss- no fuss- no bother California Cowhands ; Hank Penny Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor E1VB-0537 10" 1/23/1951 Hold the phone California Cowhands ; Hank Penny Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor E1VB-0679 10-in. 7/12/1951 Catch 'em young, treat 'em rough, tell 'em nothin' California Cowhands ; Hank Penny Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist, leader  
Victor E1VB-0681 10-in. 7/12/1951 I like molasses California Cowhands ; Hank Penny Male vocal solo, with string band vocalist, leader  
Victor D6VB-2930 10-in. 9/25/1946 Missouri Zeke Manners ; Zeke Manners Band Male vocal solo, with male vocal trio and jazz/dance band songwriter  
Decca 87821 5/10/1955 A letter from home Hank Penny speaker  
Decca L 7890 9/14/1954 Walkin' in the snow Hank Penny ; Hank Penny ; Sue Thompson instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 7891 9/14/1954 Come a little bit closer Hank Penny ; Hank Penny ; Sue Thompson vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca L 7892 9/14/1954 Bloodshot eyes Hank Penny ; Hank Penny vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca L 7893 9/14/1954 Untitled Hank Penny ; Hank Penny vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca L 8357 4/22/1955 I can't get you off my mind Hank Penny vocalist  
Decca L 8358 4/22/1955 When they ask about you Hank Penny vocalist  
Decca L 9127 4/5/1956 Southern fried chicken Hank Penny instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 9128 4/5/1956 I'd rather pick a guitar Hank Penny instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 9129 4/5/1956 Rock of Gibraltar Hank Penny instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 9130 4/5/1956 Wham! Bam! Thank you Ma'am Hank Penny instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 9174 4/19/1956 Texas never would-a made it (without Ol' Tennessee) Hank Penny instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 10014 4/5/1957 Big footed Sam Hank Penny instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 10015 4/5/1957 The cricket song Hank Penny instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 10016 4/5/1957 A night at the Copa Hank Penny instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 10017 4/5/1957 Baby, baby, baby I love you-1 Hank Penny instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
(Results 1-25 of 26 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Penny, Hank," accessed January 25, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/207781.

Penny, Hank. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 25, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/207781.

"Penny, Hank." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 25 January 2022.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/207781

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