During the depression years of the 1930s, Asher Sizemore and his son, Little Jimmie, were very popular radio personalities, broadcasting mostly from Louisville KY. Jimmie was only about 5 years old when they started singing together. He won the hearts of children and adults everywhere as he sang songs like "Chawin’ Gum" or when he signed the show off with "As I Lay Me Down To Sleep". They were also regulars on WSM's Grand Ole Opry from 1933 to about 1943. Asher established a very successful mail-order service for their annual books of Hearth & Home Songs.(photo above) They also made transcription disc recordings that Asher syndicated to stations throughout the south and Midwest. Listen to these old radio broadcast's, and hear Asher and Little Jimmie sing right from their hearts. You will also hear Asher and announcer James Alderman as they sell the above mentioned song books. Folks, this is true historic country radio.
Below are four of Asher & Little Jimmie's complete radio shows from the 1930s. Just click on title to listen in the MP3 format.
I want to thank Little Jimmie Sizemore for sending me the above photo of himself, and giving me his permission to display it on my web site. It is truly an honor to have a recent photo of one of the great legends and pioneers of country music radio. Thanks a million Jimmie!
A note from Little Jimmie:
I am really pleased with the work that you are doing and believe me, to be alive and be part of it, I think is the best. I think that my dad would be so happy to know that there are people like you that are keeping the old time singers and artist alive in the people's heart.
Thanks again, Sincerely,
From YouTube, here's Little Jimmie performing live in March of this year, 2010. Folks, it don't get any better than this!
From My Guestbook & E Mail,
I am so proud of my dad. I want to thank you for keeping him alive. He is not just a great father but also a great man, musician and friend. Love you dad!
Thanks Gary, great site!
April, 2010 Gary
Wonderful site. I found an Asher Sizemore and Little Jimmie 78 in a
box of stuff and wondered who they were. Now I know.
Alexandria, Ontario, Canada
Hi Gary: I have a couple of songbooks...the one regarding
"Buddy" is my favorite. I am one of Jimmie's 5 daughters...Susan, Sally,
Kathy, Lisa, and Kelly. Anyone wishing info may contact me...I will see
my Dad in October 2006.
I have 2 of Asher and Little Jimmie Sizemore song books
with their pictures. One 1933 and the other is 1936. My mother ordered
them for me because we listened to them on the radio. I was 5 years old
and then 8.
Hidden behind a picture of "The Good Shepherd", I found a
picture of Asher & Little Jimmie! This site came up & told me
who they were! Must of been special to my great aunt many years ago!
Good, clean & fun music! Thanks & may God Bless You!
Hi Gary, What a great site you have !! I can remember
Asher & Little Jimmie even though I was just a little girl back
then. My father used to say they were related to us, but I do not know
how. I am a genealogist and have yet to run across the relationship. My
great aunt married Thomas Sizemore in Breathitt or Perry County KY. I
have other relation who's ancestors came from Clay County KY, and they
too lay claim to being related to Asher & Little Jimmie. If anyone
knows their ancestry I would really like to hear about it. My email is
firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks. Joyce Oklahoma City, OK
Heard Asher & Jimmie on radio 1937 in
Illinois. Marvin Waldbeser Grantsville, WV
I met little Jimmy tonight. He came out to a bar with a
friend of a friend. We talked for about 2 hours. Part of me didn't
believe he was who he said...so I looked him up. I was pleasantly
supprised to find that it was him. Thanks for the info on the site.
Maybe I'll be more trusting next time.
I was delighted to find some thing about Asher and Little
Jimmy on my computer. I worked for Joan and Little Jimmy at the radio
station in Jacksonsville, Arkansas in 1964. I had worked with Asher in
Prestonsburg , Kentucky in 1958-59. I have recomended Asher, Buddy and
Little Jimmy be put into the route 23 country museum in my hometown ,
Paintsville, Kentucky. Asher told me that Paintsville was his hometown
also. I have had a great 50 year career in radio and Asher,Joan and
Little Jimmy were very much a part of it. See web page
bigjohntrimble.com. Thanks again.