Dwight Briarhopper Moody Remembrances, Part 1

From the award-winning and WBT Hall of Famer, H.A. Thompson:

Thanks so much for this sad news on one of the nicest, warmest human beings I ever met.  I've got goose bumps thinking about him.  Dwight Moody was always the same.  He loved his music and got so much joy out of sharing it.   And what a family man he was.   He and his wife raised 3 talented men ......all in the music business.   When the 4 of them played together it was magic.  One of his sons heads up the music of Disney in Paris.   The secret in life is to find something you love to do and they did it.   The Moody Brothers wrote a Grammy nominated song a number of years ago....."Midnight Flyer".   God it was good.   "Cotton Eyed Joe" was another one.  And there is a newer song on one of their CD's.....they wrote, "If It Ain't Love".    Just the cutest song and lyrics.   They often played at retirement centers around Charlotte.  I'd go out and kibitz with them and we'd have a ball.    
Dwight Moody made all of us better and I'm so glad our paths crossed.   What a lovely man he was.   His life was long and full.  May you rest in peace good man and thanks for leaving such a great legacy.    

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The Legendary Briarhoppers!

In 1934, a potential advertiser called WBT's Charles Crutchfield to ask if the station had a hillbilly band to help advertise its products. Telling a fib, Crutch said "Yes," which led to the birth of the Briarhoppers. The name comes from WBT announcer Bill Bivens who, during a hunting trip with Crutch, was startled by a rabbit jumping out of a thicket, and Bill yelled, "Look at that briarhopper!" At that moment, Crutch found the name for his hillbilly band.

The original band members were Johnny McAllister, Big Bill Davis, Don White, Thorpe Westerfield, Clarence Etters, and Jane Bartlett. The last original 1934 Briarhopper, Don White, died in 2003. Billie Burton Daniel, who joined the group in 1936, is happy and well in Wilmington, NC. Since that time, The Briarhoppers' fans are/were Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs (who filled in on banjo a few times), Curly Seckler, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and many other entertainment stars.

In keeping with the tradition, the band kept going through the years by adding new musicians to those who left the station or who died. Today, Alana Flowers and Tom Warlick head the band with their stage show including the old Briarhopper songs, new songs, and the original scripted commercials of Peruna, Kolor-Bak, Zymole Trokeys, and Radio Girl Perfume! Enjoy this site and learn about the Briarhoppers' storied past and the bright future that is ahead. Don't turn that dial...Hit's Briarhopper Time!