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(Courtesy of Joe Taylor & Patty Corbett)

Above, Smiley Burnette playing his accordion and entertaining with the Red Birds country-western singing group --- Joe Taylor shown on guitar and Bill Allen on bass fiddle, circa 1953 or 1954 at the Buck Lake Ranch near Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Smiley sang and did his 'Frog Millhouse' characterization from his movie days.

(Courtesy of Belinda Kirkhuff)

Above, an autographed photo of Smiley Burnette given to supporting actor Jack 'Pappy' Kirk.

(Courtesy of Belinda Kirkhuff)

Above - the pledge for the Smiley Burnette Fan Club.

(Courtesy of Dorothy Hack)

Above from L-to-R are Smiley Burnette, Herman Hack and Rufe Davis circa mid 1950s during one of the get-togethers of the "Chuck Wagon Trailers", a bunch of veteran western film performers who met and did an annual barbecue event. For a time, Hack was the leader/coordinator of the Trailers. Both Smiley and Herman passed away in 1967.

Smiley Links

 Want more info on Smiley's movie roles with Charles 'Durango Kid' Starrett, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers.  Click HERE for the filmography on Charles Starrett, HERE for the filmography on Gene Autry, and HERE for the film listing on Roy Rogers.  The three movie listings include the films in which Smiley Burnette appeared --- look in the column marked 'Sidekick'.

The Burnette family has an informative and fun website on their famous relative. The official Smiley Burnette website is at:

Dian and Greg Chapman have a page devoted to Smiley:

As of 2013, Dave Stein's Petticoat Junction TV show website was no longer working. He had bunch of photos of Smiley Burnette which were provided by the Burnette family, and a copy of his old website is at the Internet Archive. His old site was at:
The saved version at the Internet Archive is at:

The Nashville Songwriters Foundation Hall Of Fame includes Smiley Burnette, Jimmy Wakely, Gene Autry, Johnny Bond, Ray Whitley, Tex Ritter, Bob Nolan, Bob Wills, more.  The link below will take you to their website and when you get there, click on their 'Hall of Fame':

There's a couple photos on the Flickr website relating to Smiley's work for Missouri radio station KBOA and their Hart's bread sponsor:

Smiley wrote hundreds of songs.  One of Burnette's compositions (with Autry) was "Ridin' Down the Canyon", and you can see the full lyrics at the Lyrics Connection website:

Jim Tipton's Find-A-Grave website has a picture of the grave marker for Burnette at Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills:

 Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on Smiley Burnette:

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