1914 – 1969
Written by Herb Davis, Freshwater, C.B.
Newfoundland’s First Celebrated Country Singer
Jack Walsh (“Cowboy Jack”) was born in St. John’s and started his musical career in the thirties. Along with his very popular radio show on VONF, he was a frequent guest star at the “Barn Dance” that was broadcast live on radio from the Knights of Columbus Hall . He worked with the Nfld. Railway and a promotion with the Railway in 1946 ended Jack’s radio career due to extended travel but, by all accounts he was never forgetten by his many faithful fans. After two heart attacks in 1969, Jack retired from the Railway and died a few months later while visiting his daughter in Florida.
Jack’s theme song was “My Little Yoho Lady” (“In The Beautiful Yoho Valley”) an old Wilf Carter song). His favorite singers were Wilf Carter, Gene Autrey and Hank Snow.
(Many thanks to Jack’s sister-in-law Betty Walsh’ Mt.Pearl and Mike McHugh (ex-VOCM) for information and photos provided)