The Banjo Kings
were one of the very few (if only) groups recorded by the Good Time Jazz label in the 1950s that could be considered a bit corny. Formed by banjoists Dick Roberts
and Red Roundtree
in 1951, the band had either Joe Heimlich
, Ernie Anderson
or Vito Mumolo
on third banjo, plus a three-piece rhythm section that usually included pianist Stan Wrightsman
; they played at Dixieland festivals and made several records, from which a CD sampler called Favorites
was issued in the late '80s. The Banjo Kings'
music tended to include some rags, pop tunes from the 1920s and earlier, and singalongs.