"Billy" Vann, Jr.
Professional Musician who played on WKZO-radio and WKZO-TV with
Rem Wall and the
(original) Green Valley Boys.
The group organized during the 1940s.
Billy Vann joined in 1955 and played with the band for 25 years.
During the past 20 years, Billy played
alongside friend and fellow musician,
Jeff Kosobucki, forming the duo of
Bill performed several times with the
Hartford Alumni Band at the Concerts in the Park and at the popular hometown
jam sessions at Cross's Corners.
In 2000, famous for his mastery of the steel and electric guitar, Billy was
inducted into the Michigan Steel Guitar Hall of Fame.
Musician - 3rd Class
12-1955 to 8-1957
Stationed at Kodiak, Alaska
Another talent Billy Vann developed was mastering a unicycle.
In his younger days, he rode it in the parades and that was a delight for little kids (and the
big ones too!). He was photographed here during at the Lawrence Ox Roast in
This photograph of Billy on his
unicycle was recently
discovered amongst a box of treasures from
Hartford Day Spring donated by the Sinclair family.
From Hartford High School
Class of 1952
Resided in Hartford Michigan
Son of William “Curly”
and Hyla (Sinkler) Vann.
Second generation owner of
Motor Machine and Parts
located in Hartford.
He is shown here during a performance
at the 2007 Hartford Strawberry festival. The day was
Billy Vann Day to
our home-town boy for his accomplishments through the years.
Unicycling Family: Bill
Vann of 14 Prospect Street, Hartford, and his children, Judi, 12, and Keith,
8, display their unicycling skill. Vann, 38, says he began riding the
one-wheelers when he was 10 years old. The children learned this year,
and Van and Judi already have made a nine mile trip from Hartford to Paw Paw
Lake. Van is employed at Motor Machine and Parts company, Hartford. He
also is lead guitarist on Green Valley Jamboree, a weekly show on WKZO
television, Kalamazoo. (Adolph Hann photo)
The Unicycling Family photo and newspaper article submitted by Pat Bachman
Empson from her book of "Hartford treasures". Presumed to be from the
Hartford Day Spring.