During America's Golden Age of radio, which lasted from the mid-1930s to 1950, Fred Lowery reigned as the blind king of whistlers. Lowery first discovered his unique talent when classmates at the Texas School for the Blind in Austin convinced him to perform for bird whistler Ernest Nichols. Nichols prophesied that “someday Freddy will be the world's greatest whistler.”
Only a few years later, Lowery became famous at the Texas Redbird working at his first radio job in Dallas. Three years later, he moved to New York City and eventually got his break working for Vincent Lopez. He later worked for Horace Heidt.
Lowery always took pains to avoid capitalizing on his handicap and lived his life free of self-pity or bitterness. In the 1960s and 1970s, he began performing only religious melodies and traded nightclubs for churches. In 1984, after recording five religious albums, Lowery passed away in Jacksonville, Texas, at the age of seventy-five.
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