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Published on Dec 28, 2009
Wayne Rainey was born in Wolf Bayou, Arkansas. He started playing the harmonica at an early age and never stopped. In an article around 1950 or so, they said he could remember the days when he would hitchhike from town to town in almost every state in the union and playing for whatever money he might be able to pick up at clubs and cafes. And he did this during the depression when jobs were scarce.
As luck would have it, he was in a small town in Texas and went into the local pool hall and started playing for the people there. It turns out the local radio station manager was there, too and immediately hired him to work for the station. And his musical career was off and running. Unfortunately, we don't have the details as to what town or station that was.
He got married to his wife about 1942 or so and they had two kids when the article appeared in 1950, Wanda and Zyndall.
Wayne was also a prolific songwriter and had already written over sixty tunes by then. The most popular of them was "Why Don't You Haul Off And Love Me?". They cite King records as mentioning that it had sold over a 500,000 copies of it. And was made even more popular when about a dozen other recording companies had artists covering it.