A Ted West is listed in the Hillbilly Researcher, recording for Jess Hunter Records (http://hillbilly-researcher.blogspot.com/2010/04/jess-hunter-records.html) and for Red Barn Records (http://hillbilly-researcher.blogspot.com/2010/10/red-barn-1051.html). In addition, Billboard reported on May 2, 1953, that a Ted West from Miami recorded a session for MGM in late March 1953.
Checking around the net I found a Ted West and the Range Riders that had a radio show on WREN in Lawrence Kansas in the 40's. Here's a link to a site that has some radio transcriptions from the show. http://randsesotericotr.podbean.com/2009/02/27/ted-west-and-his-range-riders-september-2-1946/
Republic (TN) 45 - 7011 Ted West & Band "She Bent My Pole / She's My Gal (1952)
I so wish I had documented more about Ted. Here's what I remember. Other than my mom, he was the person responsible (as my guitar teacher) for the start of my music career. Ted taught at Marsh Music in Topeka Kansas. He had already been there for a while, and I started in September 1963. By 1969 (and my discovery of Grand Funk, Black Sabbath, and Jimi Hendrix) I wimped out of lessons (and of course in my adult life regretting every minute I missed). When March Music closed sometime in the 70s, he went to Midwestern Music and Jenkins Music. I have the obituary article somewhere when he passed in the 80s. I will try to find it.
Thanks Danl for an interesting anecdote. I might have been wrong then in guessing he was from South Dakota. Can't wait to see what info you come up with.Derik
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