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Carolina Cotton


b. Helen Hagstrom, 20 Oct 1926, Money, Arkansas, USA, d. 10 June 1997, Bakersfield, California, USA. Hagstrom’s family members acquired emigrated from Sweden and 1st resolved on a plantation in Arkansas however they relocated to California immediately after Helen was created. She attended college in SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA however when aged 14, referred to as a petite blue-eyed blonde having a vivacious character, she began performing and yodelling on KYA using the traditional western swing music group of Dude Martin. Martin known as her Carolina Natural cotton declaring that Carolina sounded much better than Arkansas as well as the name trapped. In 1942, she shifted to Hollywood and fascinated by her stage existence and extravagant yodels, she was instantly hired by best band head Spade Cooley. She wedded vocalist Deuce Spriggens past due in 1945, however they divorced the next calendar year with her declaring his infidelity through the three months these were wedded. In 1944, she was provided a part within a film known as Sing, Neighbor, Sing which highlighted several country superstars including Roy Acuff and his music group and popular few Lulu Belle And Scotty. On the next a decade she made an appearance in more films numerous top superstars including Acuff, Eddy Arnold inFeudin’ Tempo (1949) andHoedown (1950), and Bob Wills and co-starred in B-movie Westerns with both Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. In 1952, she got so set up her popularity as a respected cowgirl yodeller that she was ensemble as Charles Starrett’s leading female inThe Rough Hard West. Through the middle-50s, she was typically the most popular feminine singer on visible jukeboxes. Her biggest offering record was her self-penned ‘Three Mls South Of PROFIT Arkansas’ which she documented for the MGM Information label supported by Bob Wills’ Tx Playboys in 1951. Professionals of the artwork course two of her greatest yodels as ‘I WANT TO Yodel’ and ‘Mocking Parrot Yodel’ which were documented on the Ruler Information label in 1949. Through the 50s, she produced many overseas excursions to amuse the American makes including several excursions to Korea in addition to to Japan and Germany. Another marriage to Expenses Ates, the sibling of acting professional Roscoe Ates created two daughters but finished in divorce. She ultimately appeared to develop tired of the approach to life and trained to be always a instructor. In the first 70s, she trained in US colleges in Central America before teaching in Bakersfield, California, where she produced her home. Every once in awhile she went to Film Fairs and on events demonstrated that she could still sing and yodel her aged songs. Periodically, unusual songs of her show up on compilation CDs plus some recordings made out of Bob Wills made an appearance within the boxed group of Wills released by Bear Family members Information in 1985. In 1991, the German Cattle label released an entire recording of her recordings.

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Date Of Birth October 20, 1925
Died June 10, 1997, Bakersfield, California, United States
Profession Actor, Singer
Nationality American
Spouse Bill Ates, Deuce Spriggins
Children William Ates, Sharon Ates
Music Songs Yodel Mountain, I Love To Yodel, The Old Square Dance Is Back Again, Lovin' Ducky Daddy, Crime Will Never Pay, Three Miles South Of Cash, I'd Love To Be A Cowgirl, Ragtime Cowboy Joe, Tater Pie, Boo Hoo Blues, Put Your Shoes On Lucy, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone, Carolina Cotton Calls, Cattle Call, Singing On The Trail, You Belong To My Heart, Yodel Yodel Yodel, Cause I'm In Love, I Been Down In Texas, Tennessee Saturday Night, Weary Lonesome Blues, I Betcha I Getcha, I'm All Alone, Mama Yo Quiero, Hoosegow Serenade, What's The Matter With You, He's A Tough Hombre, Rancho Grande, Mockingbird Yodel, Glad Rags, Why Did I Fall For Abner?, You're Gettin' A Good Girl
Albums Yodeling Blonde Bombshell, Vol. 2, Yodeling Blonde Bombshell Volume 1
Movies Apache Country, I'm from Arkansas, Blue Canadian Rockies, The Rough, Tough West, Feudin' Rhythm

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1 She preferred to yodel in her bare feet, so she "could get a good toe-hold" when she yodeled!
2 She hand-made nearly all of her stage costumes.
3 Often performed her self-penned song "Three Miles South of Cash in Arkansas" at concerts, and coaxed other performers to join her in the yodeling part of the song. Some of the surprise yodelers included Walter Pidgeon, and Bob Hope!
4 While planning the release of her TV adventure series "Queen of the Range", manufacturers were set to produce 25 Carolina Cotton items, such as toys. When her series was shelved, the items were never put into production. However, at least one Carolina Cotton doll, and a few gun and holster sets were made.
5 While her radio show "Carolina Cotton Calls" was aired on the Armed Forces Radio Service, from 1952-1954, she received more fan mail and requests than any other performer.



Song of the Prairie 1945 Carolina
Outlaws of the Rockies 1945 Singer
Spade Cooley: King of Western Swing 1945 Short Carolina (uncredited)
Why Did I Fall for Abner? 1945 Short Vocalist
I'm from Arkansas 1944 Abigail 'Abby' Alden
The Singing Sheriff 1944 Singer (uncredited)
Sing, Neighbor, Sing 1944 Carolina
Take Me Back to Tulsa 1944 Short Vocalist
Blue Canadian Rockies 1952 Carolina Cotton
The Rough, Tough West 1952 Carolina
Apache Country 1952 Carolina Cotton
All Star Revue 1952 TV Series Guest singer
Hoedown 1950 Carolina Cotton
Feudin' Rhythm 1949 Carolina Cotton
Stallion Canyon 1949 Ellen Collins
Smoky Mountain Melody 1948 Perky Durkin (uncredited)
Smoky River Serenade 1947 Carolina
Wabash Cannon Ball 1946 Short Carolina, Band Singer
Missouri 1946 Short Carolina
Singing on the Trail 1946 Carolina - Band Singer (uncredited)
Cowboy Blues 1946 Carolina Cotton
That Texas Jamboree 1946 Carolina Cotton
Down the Trail to San Antone 1946 Short Band Singer Carolina
Missouri's Calling Me 1945 Short Carolina Cotton
Texas Panhandle 1945 Singer Carolina



Blue Canadian Rockies 1952 performer: "Yodel, Yodel, Yodel", "Lovin' Ducky Daddy"
The Rough, Tough West 1952 performer: "Cause I'm in Love", "You Gotta Get a Guy With a Gun", "Ragtime Annie Lee" / writer: "You Gotta Get a Guy With a Gun"
Apache Country 1952 performer: "I Love To Yodel", "Cold, Cold Heart" / writer: "I Love To Yodel"
Hoedown 1950 performer: "I Betcha I Getcha", "Oh Where, Oh Where, Has My Little Dog Gone?"
Smoky Mountain Melody 1948 performer: "Party Time on the Prairie"
Smoky River Serenade 1947 writer: "I Love to Yodel" - uncredited
Singing on the Trail 1946 performer: "Wabash Cannonball"
Texas Panhandle 1945 performer: "I've Taken All I'm Gonna Take", "I Love to Yodel" / writer: "I Love to Yodel"
Song of the Prairie 1945 performer: "Fireball Mail"
Outlaws of the Rockies 1945 performer: "Do Ya or Don'tcha?"
Texas Home 1945 Short performer: "Texas Home"
I'm from Arkansas 1944 performer: "Yodel Mountain", "I Love to Yodel" / writer: "Yodel Mountain", "I Love to Yodel"



The World Dances 1954 Documentary Herself - American Singer-Yodeler
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood on the Ball 1952 Short Herself
Three Miles South of Cash in Arkansas 1951 Short Herself
Yodel Mountain 1951 Short Herself
If You Ever Come to Texas 1946 Short Herself
I'd Love to Be a Cowgirl (But I'm Afraid of Cows) 1946 Short Herself
When Pay Day Rolls Around 1946 Short Herself
Sioux City Sue 1946/II Short Herself
Texas Home 1945 Short Herself - Singer
When the Bloom Is on the Sage 1945 Short Herself
I Love to Yodel 1944 Short Herself
My Wubba Dolly 1944 Short Herself

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Still Ramblin' 2001 TV Movie documentary Herself

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