Lulu Belle and Scotty

  

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     Lulu Belle was born Myrtle Eleanor Cooper on December 24, 1913 in Boone, North Carolina. She  was teamed with her future husband, Scott Wiseman ( born Novemeber 8, 1909 near Asheville, North Carolina), by the staff of Chicago's WLS National Barn Dance. The couple marryied in 1934. Once partnered, they adopted the stage name Lulu Belle and Scotty. They were a reigning country and western duet throughout the 1930's and 1940's. .Their popularity garnered them the nickname the "Sweethearts of Country Music."

     In 1936, Lulu Belle was voted Radio Queen. The couple also had their own daily TV show, and starred in seven motion pictures. Still popular, they decided to retire in 1958. Upon retirement, Scotty worked as a teacher until his death in Gainesville, Florida in 1981. Lulu Belle served two terms in the North Carolina legislature and was the first woman elected from that district. She died in 1999 in Avery County, North Carolina. In 2014, Lulu Belle and Scotty Wiseman were posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

     This particular photograph was handed out, as per a notation on the back, "...at the Himmelwrights Grove, Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania (Uncle Jack and Mary Louis Parke or Parle?) Sunday May 23, 1948."

      Many of their items are stored at the Special Collections section of Belk Library. Their songs are available on you tube. I don't know if they have been reproduced onto CD. If you are lucky enough to have a record player, many of their albums can be found in places which specialize in such. For younger audience members who have no idea what a record player is...click on the link. 

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