The Black Ace
The Black Ace – Yodellin’ Hitch-Hiker Singer, Songwriter, Radio Personality, Performer
Allan M. Kirby of Richdale, Alberta began his career in the 1930’s, travelling throughout Western Canada, with his guitar, harmonica, mouth harp, & autoharp - singing & playing at rodeos, theatres, the Great Canadian Barn Dance, western events, and at the Calgary Stampede.
He also broadcasted his talents on these radio stations CFCN, CFAC, and CJCJ in Calgary, Alberta.
From ladies that wanted a photograph of him, to men that enjoyed his singing, fan letters came in daily.
Allan, also known as either ‘Mick’ , ‘Blackie’ or ‘Ace’ by his friends and co- workers, enjoyed the wide variety of friends that he had the pleasure of knowing; Guy Weadick, Dick Cosgrave, Ernie McCulloch, Will Taylor, Herman & Warner Linder to name a few. Ace very much enjoyed his time with all the families of the Chuckwagon community.
On May 26th, 1939 "The Black Ace" had the honour of performing for the King and Queen during their royal tour visit to the Calgary Stampede.
Allan was a regular at the Calgary Stampede – each year singing and playing his instruments for all to hear – from the tower of CFAC – to the free pancake breakfasts’ around town. He continued to be a part of “The Greatest Show On Earth” up to his untimely death in 1972.
(Written by his daughter ...Nola 04.17.12 )