Welcome to the official site of Carolina Cotton, dedicated to the memory of America's favorite yodeling cowgirl from the Golden Age of Western Swing music and B movies.
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Come explore our Virtual Museum and experience Carolina's fascinating career, from her personal collection of memorabilia. Journey back in time to the days of cowboy and cowgirl heroes, as they rode across the silver screen at the Saturday matinee. When the radio airwaves were alive with Western Swing music and variety shows. When Television was something new and curious. And folks enjoyed a fun-filled evening at the local Dance Halls and Grand Ballrooms, dancing the night away.
From the early 1940s to the mid 1950s, Carolina Cotton was one of Hollywood's early innovators of Western entertainment. And, yes, she was a yodeler (and WHAT a yodeler!).
Western authors Donn and Nancy Moyer have just released a unique
book, "Terror, Tragedy and Tears in The Evergreen State".
You can get the Kindle version by clicking here:
And be sure to check out their other great publications on the
Wild West Publishing site.
NEW ALBUM:HYMNS OF THE OLD WEST
We have been asked over the years, "Did Carolina ever put out
a Gospel album?" Although she didn't record any gospel songs,
she did sing backup on several hymns performed on the radio.
Now, for the first time, these wonderful songs are available on
the new album "Hymns Of The Old West", with 18 traditional hymns
performed by such classic Western Swing greats as The Plainsmen,
Foy Willing & The Riders Of The Purple Sage, Slim Duncan, Martha
Mears & Art Wentzel. And if you listen closely, you may just hear
Carolina Cotton singing with the band!
This album is available download only) at most online outlets,
including CD Baby and iTunes.
Download from CD Baby here
Check out a sample of the album in the video at the top of
THE NORTH "POLE" STORY: READ ALL ABOUT IT!
Yes, Virginia...there IS a "pole" at the North Pole! And Carolina helped put it there. Check out whole detailed story of her fascinating trip to Fairbanks, Alaska. There are lots of photos and a rare radio transcription (as a YouTube video). Journey back with Carolina back to December 1951 by clicking here: North Pole story
"STALLION CANYON" HISTORY ONLINE:
Carolina and Ken Curtis starred in this 1949 indie Western movie, the only one made by Kanab Pictures. Much of its history had been all but forgotton. But thanks to a joint project with George R. Cannon Jr. and the good folks at
Utah's Washington County Historical Society,
it has been brought back from the dusty trails
of time. Rare photos, publicity material, and Carolina's script can be found on the site.
And a personal account from James E. Kemple,
who was involved with the onsite filming. Rediscover it all here: http://wchsutah.org/videos/stallion-canyon/stallion-canyon.php
WRECK THIS MESS: YODELING ON THE AIRWAVES:
Our friend Bart Plantenga in the Netherlands recently
included Carolina in his "Wreck This Mess" radio
program. The show features a colorful collection of
unusual yodeling. For those who missed it, you can
catch it online here:
Incidentally, Bart's new book, "Yodel In HiFi" will
be out soon. The Yodeling Blonde Bombshell will be
found within its pages. We will keep you updated.
TINY TOWN KIDDIE PARK WEBSITE LAUNCHED
Until now, little has been known about Tiny Town,
the amusement park in Compton, CA that Carolina was
connected with back in 1952. We are happy to say
that there is now an official website for the Park!
A big Thank You to Candy Jean Halverson (the Princess
of Tiny Town). She is the granddaughter of Harry
Curtis Matthews, owner of the amusement center.
Carolina, Doye O'Dell (who also had the honor of
having the Park named after him), Iron Eyes Cody
and other Western celebrities frequently appeared.
Enjoy a visit to Tiny Town here: Tiny Town Park
WESTERN FUN WITH THE COWTOWN SOCIETY:
On May 5, 2012, cowboy icon Smiley Burnette was inducted
into the Cowtown Society Of Western Music's 2012
Heroes of Western Music! The festivities took
place in Mineral Wells, Texas,
at the 14th Annual CSWM Swing Fest.
Click here for more info
NEW ONLINE RADIO STATION PLAYING MUSIC OF
CAROLINA COTTON: Welcome KNLDJ!
"Old Time Radio, Where Memories Live Forever"
Owned and operated by longtime CC fans, our good
friends Donn and Nancy Moyer. Tune in here: KNLDJ
1949 DAUGHTER OF THE PIONEERS? The Bob Nolan
website features a detailed story of Carolina's tour with
this legendary group. Click here