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Randall "Randy" Atcher (December 7, 1918 – October 9, 2002) was an American country musician.

Atcher was born in Tip Top, Kentucky, the fifth in a family of eight. Soon after his birth his family moved to North Dakota, and then back to Kentucky when he was twelve. As a high schooler, Atcher played guitar and mandolin on WHAS radio in Louisville. He intended to continue his education at Western Kentucky State College, but a flood at the family home quashed the plan.

In 1938, he left Louisville for Chicago and put a band together there. He won slots performing on WJJD and WBBM and became a local star; he also recorded occasionally with his older brother, Bob Atcher. During World War II he spent nearly four years in the Army Air Forces, and married his wife Daphne, an Australian. Upon his discharge he returned to WHAS, performing on their Old Kentucky Barn Dance, and signed a contract with MGM Records. WHAS expanded into a television division in 1950, and the next year Atcher formed a new band, the Red River Ramblers, who performed on the WHAS children's show T-Bar-V Ranch every weekday at 4PM. Randy, the star of the show, and his sidekick, Cactus (played by Tom Brooks, brother of actor and comedian Foster Brooks), sang songs, performed skits, and gave parenting tips. In 1953, White Castle began advertising its hamburgers through the show, the first of several companies who contracted product placement.

The show ran until 1970, when it was abruptly cancelled. the Red River Ramblers, who included George Workman on bass, Shorty Chesser on guitar, Bernie Smith on guitar and banjo, Sleepy Marlin on fiddle, and Tiny Thomale on piano, also performed on the Hayloft Hoedown TV show (which ran to 1971) and live at local state fairs and events.

Atcher receded from fame after the show was cancelled, but remained a popular entertainer in Louisville. He died in 2002.

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randy atcher - indian rock

Randy Atcher - "Indian Rock"

Louisville, KY artist. Record released October 6, 1956. A big thanks goes to David Newton for sharing this record from his personal collection of Louisville, KY artists.

Vintage Class Act Commercial ft. Randy Atcher

Happy Happy Birthday.avi

The Happy Birthday song from WHAS TV's T-Bar-V television show. Unforgettable for kids who grew up from the fifties to the seventies in Louisville Kentucky metro area.

Santa Rides a Snow White Pony

Randy Atcher sings "Santa Rides a Snow White Pony" here live...a song that was recorded and released in 1954 on Aztec Records.

Bob Atcher - Signed, Sealed And Delivered

2012 Mark Atcher Band on the WHAS Crusade for Children

Mark Atcher, the son of legendary WHAS personality Randy Atcher, performs with his band on the 59th annual WHAS Crusade for Children in the Kentucky Center's Bomhard Theater on June 2, 2012.

Hank "Sugarfoot" Garland - Sugarfoot rag

At age 19, Hank Garland recorded his million-selling hit "Sugarfoot rag", although some attribute the song to Bernie B. Smith Jr., published two years earlier by M.M. Cole/BMI as "Bernie's...

Randy at Hooten 08

Hooten Holler Roundup 08, shooter Randy Atcher.

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4 news items

The Courier-Journal

The Courier-Journal
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:28:55 -0700

Other musicians in Falk's talk included conductor Robert Whitney, fiddler Cato Watts, Rick Bartlett (singing "Take Me Back to Louisville"), Cosmo & The Counts, Randy Atcher, guitarist Greg Walker, drummer Marvin Maxwell and the L & N Railroad Band.
 
The Courier-Journal
Wed, 04 Jun 2014 09:18:45 -0700

Thousands of citizens across Kentucky and Southern Indiana are again shelling out to help ailing children for the 61st annual WHAS Crusade for Children that culminates this weekend. "If you find yourself growing cynical about community or compassion ...
 
Louisville.com
Sun, 10 Jun 2012 16:37:30 -0700

fisbie_bigger.jpg Inman reminds us of the local heroes of our youth: WAVE's Ed Kallay and Ryan Halloran, WHAS's Randy Atcher, "Cactus" Tom Brooks, Milton Metz and Phyllis Knight, WLKY's Diane Sawyer and Ken Roland, and WDRB's Presto the Clown.
 
State-Journal.com
Mon, 27 Jul 2009 07:52:52 -0700

They'll be performing their WWII USO show again Aug. 15 at the American Legion, and they have a Christmas show in the works. Born in Louisville, Nancy is a distant cousin to Randy Atcher, a country musician, who entertained on WHAS in the late 1960s.
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