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A look back at 'The Happiest Band in Idaho Land'

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By Jay Michaels

The Twin Falls County Historical Museum has a brand new exhibit that displays a local man's love of music and the people of magic valley.

'Happy Holly' Houfburg, many longtime Magic Valley residents will remember him from his radio show on KLIX 1310AM.

Houfburg also starred on an after school children’s program on KLIX-TV, which later becameKMVT.

Houfberg's younger brother persuaded him to move to Twin Falls in 1951, Carl Houfburg said, “I think it was only the second day we was here, he went down to KLIX. And that's when he got the morning show, worked on the ranch the rest of the day.”

Houfburg was also the leader of the 'Double H Buckaroos’ billed as 'The Happiest Band in Idaho Land.'

The buckaroos were the house band at Cactus Pete’s in Jackpot, Nevada, who played with Nashville music stars including Johnny Horton, Rex Allen, Johnny Cash, and Roy Acuff during the 1950's and 60's.

Houfburg met many big country stars when he recorded them for Columbia Records in Los Angeles, California.

Photographer Graybeal said, “He had me going day and night to get pictures from his Old Opera friends, and they wanted to leave the next day, and I had to get 'em ready for him. I had my own processing equipment and did everything by myself in my darkroom.”


Graybeal's photos of Holly Houfburg and his famous guests, along with band costumes and other memorabilia, will be on display at the Twin Falls County Historical Museum for at least a year.

Family members of the 'Double H Buckaroos' will be on hand for a reception for the exhibit from 7 to 9 pm this Saturday night, during Western Days.

Carl said, “He personally knew a lot of the stars. And when they came out here, they came to his house, and so it's like family.”

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