Skeets McDonald

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s


Enos William McDonald, 1 October 1915, Greenway, Arkansas, USA, d. 31 March 1968. The youngest of seven children of a poor cotton picking family, influenced by Jimmie Rodgers’ recordings, he taught himself to play guitar at the age of 12. (He gained his nickname as a boy, because of trouble with mosquitoes, which he always called ‘skeets’). By 1935, he was in Detroit singing with the Lonesome Cowboys, before organizing his own band, which played local clubs and on radio at Flint and Pontiac. He saw military service in North Africa and the Far East during World War II but, on discharge, he returned to radio and television work in Dearborn, Michigan. He made his first recordings for Fortune in 1950 and followed with further ones for London and for Mercury Records as Skeets Saunders. In 1951, he relocated to California, where he soon became a long time regular on Cliffie Stone’sHometown Jamboree. He was signed by Capitol Records, who viewed him as...

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