Dusty has been a professional musician from the age of seven. He is a WWII veteran and after V.J. Day, was instrumental in forming the Ernie Pyle Band for General Douglas MacArthur. Upon his return to the U.S., Dusty became one of the original members of the legendary Whippoorwills, Roy Rogers' backup band during the late forties and the fifties. Dusty plays bass on Roy Rogers' original recording of Happy Trails and he is "Dusty" on Roy's radio show. His long and illustrious recording career includes sessions with such diverse artists as Gene Autry, Marty Robbins, Merle Travis, Jim Reeves, Johnny Horton, Barney Kessel, Edie Gorme and Nat King Cole, to name a few. Dusty has also worked in movies with Bob Hope, Red Skelton and Mel Brooks and provided the singing voice for Burt Lancaster in the academy award-winning film From Here to Eternity.

Recorded with (incomplete): Roy Rogers, Merle Travis, Jim Reeves, Marty Robbins, Gene Autry, Edie Gorme, Nat King Cole, Barney Kessel, Howard Roberts, The Whippoorwills, Ferlin Huskey, Faron Young, Tex Ritter, Lefty Frizzel, Gene Austin, Little Jimmy Dickens

Films (incomplete): Son of Paleface, Mel Brooks' Silent Movie

"One of the finest organizations I've ever heard"
Merle Travis on The Whippoorwills

NEW!!! Video of The Whippoorwills
Get On Board Lil' Chillun
Hard LIfe Blues

Hear Dusty Sing with The Whippoorwills!

I Will Be True to You
Waitin' For My Gal to Come Back

Roy's Blues Listen to these cats swing!

Dusty Rhoads Info

Red Wooten worked with Dusty in the Whippoorwills
Smiley Burnette radio shows featuring the Whippoorwills

Recordings Featuring Dusty


With Roy Rogers
Roy Rogers & Dale Evans

With Roy Lanham
Hard Life Blues
Sizzling Strings

With Jim Reeves
The Essential Jim Reeves

Roy Lanham

Roy & Marianne Lanham Web Site
Artist Direct Page
Audio Interview
Big Hollow Twang

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Roy Rogers w/The Whippoorwills
Dusty's on the left

The Whippoorwills in Honolulu
Dusty's on the right

Whippoorwills in the studio in 1950

Fifties Roy Rogers Tour



More Pics

Dusty at age 11

Dusty at 18

Dusty and Margaret Garrett 1999

Dusty in '97(?)

Whippoorwills promo shot

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