Pee Wee King
|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass|
|Tags:||country rockabilly cowboy classic country|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski, 18 February 1914, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, d. 7 March 2000, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. His parents, whose families had been Polish immigrants, relocated to Abrams when he was a child and he grew up in the Polish community there. His father, who played fiddle and concertina, ran a polka band and the boy was encouraged to play instruments from an early age. He first played concertina and then fiddle, but at the age of 14, he changed to accordion. He made appearances with his fathers band but while still at high school and calling himself Frankie King, he formed a five-piece band that played on radio at Racine, Wisconsin. After graduating in 1932, he fronted a band he called the Kings Jesters and played various radio stations and venues in Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois. In 1934, he was given the chance to tour with Gene Autry as the accordionist with his group. In 1935, he moved to WHAS Louisville, where Autry headed a...