Fonds F0509 - CFCN Old Timers fonds

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CFCN Old Timers fonds


  • 1923-1989 (Creation)

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70 audio reels. -- 14 audio discs. -- 24 photographs. -- 2 cm of textual records

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In 1924 Calgary's CFCN radio introduced a weekly program of old time waltzes, marches, polkas and other dance music, featuring a band called Cy, Ebenezer and the Kid. By 1927 the group was called Cy Hopkins and his Oldtime Band. The orchestra was soon known simply as the CFCN Old Timers. Hopkins was succeeded as leader by Roy Watts and, in 1940, by Tony Neidermayer. The radio show was originally broadcast live every Thursday night, but was later moved to Sunday night. The Old Timers also played for dances throughout southern Alberta. In the 1950s the radio show began to be recorded for later broadcast. The band recorded five albums between 1959 and 1971. The program was cancelled in 1982. Long-time band members included Tony Neidermayer (1909-1988) on accordion, George Fitzsimmons (1917-2009) on fiddle, Floyd Silito as vocalist, Ernie Yardley (1903-?) on guitar and Nan Tingle (?-1990) on piano. For further information see George Lyon's article, "The CFCN Old Timers" in Old Time Country, vol. 8, no. 4 (Winter 1993) and vol. 9, no. 1/2 (Spring/Summer 1993).


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Gifts of George Fitzsimmons, the Maria Neidermayer estate, and Eleanor Mahoney, 1989-2000.

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The fonds consists of disc and tape recordings of radio broadcasts (1947, 1954-1979); record albums and test pressings for albums (1959-1971); collected recordings of the Alpine Troubadours, Froindorfer Orchestra, King Ganam, Philippe Bruneau, Walter Eriksson, and Kronstedt's Orchestra; photographs of the Old Timers (1924-1967); lists of music played (ca. 1972); musical arrangements including "Off to Banff"; and a newsclipping, letters and poster (ca.1930-1966).

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The material is in English.

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The CFCN fonds is also held by Glenbow.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017




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