RED BIRD was a record label founded in 1949 and active until the mid 1960s. It was produced by Byers Music Publishing, Lincoln Highway East Fort Wayne 8, Indiana.

Joe Taylor’s Indiana Red Birds were formed in 1948 and signed with the Red Bird Record Company in Fort Wayne. Although Taylor had performed solo on local radio for nearly a decade, he recruited area musicians to form a band. The band’s name was an acknowledgement of their Hoosier roots, the state bird, and their publishing company. The Red Birds were best known for group vocals, square dance calling, harmony, and bluegrass instrumentation. In 1950, the band secured a live show on WGL that would last for seventeen years. The band was a regular at Buck Lake Ranch in Angola, opening for stars such as Gene Autry, Dolly Parton, and Johnny Cash. The Red Birds even played the Grand Ole Opry at the height of their fame.

Source: Fort Wayne Historical Society


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