Slim Bryant in 2009
|Born||Thomas Hoyt Bryant
December 7, 1908
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
|Died||May 28, 2010
Dormont, Pennsylvania, United States
Bryant was born in the New South in 1908, to Posey Milton Bryant and his wife Auroria, after spending nearly nine years working with Georgia fiddler Clayton McMichen as part of his band, the Georgia Wildcats, Bryant and most of the band separated from McMichen and moved to Pittsburgh in 1940 where he and the Georgia Wildcats became regulars on KDKA's new early morning Farm Hour. He had worked at the station previously in 1931 with McMichen and in 1937 with his own short-lived group. The Wildcats became a Pittsburgh institution during World War II; and in 1949, performed on the first television program to air in that city, a musical variety show broadcast live on WDTV from Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh's Oakland section. WDTV became KDKA in January 1955. Having worked with several female singers, they added perky blonde vocalist Nancy Fingal. There were no other guests. Fingal was, Slim says, “A very talented girl, singin’ Sinatra tunes, that kind of stuff."
He was the last surviving musician to have recorded with the legendary country singer Jimmie Rodgers, who died in 1933.
In 1932, Rodgers recorded Bryant's song "Mother, the Queen of My Heart", with Bryant accompanying him on guitar. Rodgers not only gave him writing credit, but had them list Bryant's name first, which is something many big stars refuse to do. He also recorded nine other songs with Rodgers. With his back-up group, the Wildcats, he wrote and recorded such novelty songs during his career as "Eeny Meeny Dixie Deeny", the closest he ever came to having a hit on the Billboard charts.
Bryant resided in the Pittsburgh suburb of Dormont, Pennsylvania. He was the subject of an extensive profile by Rich Kienzle in the January–February 2004 issue of No Depression. He was married to wife May Jane Bryant and had a son Thomas Bryant.
- Kienzle, Rich (2002-08-11). "Interview from 2002 by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette". Post-gazette.com. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
- Randall, Reese (2010-05-01). "Interview from 2006 by Pittsburgh Magazine". Wqed.org. Retrieved 2010-06-03.[dead link]
- Kienzle, Rich. "Slim Bryant: The professional". Americana and Roots Music: No Depression. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
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- Pittsburgh Music History Profile of Slim Bryant
- McNeal, W.K. (1998) "Slim Bryant". In The Encyclopedia of County Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 64.
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