The Lone Pine Mountaineers, Bangor, ca. 1940

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Harold Breau, born in Pea Cove near Old Town, met his future spouse and Franco singer Rita Cote from Auburn in 1938, and Breau’s career in country music as “Hal Lone Pine” began.

Married in 1940, Rita used the anglicized stage name Betty Cody. They performed and recorded music on RCA records with a band called the Lone Pine Mountaineers—paying homage to Maine as the Pine Tree State and the bluegrass mountain genre.

The band performed with various musicians for 10 years, first gaining popularity with Canadian audiences through CBC broadcasts and in 1953 working as regulars on the WWVA Wheeling Jamboree radio show in West Virginia.

Betty Cody and Hal Lone Pine stood in the center, with Ray Couture with guitar seated in front of the couple.

View/Add Comments

About This Item

  • Title: The Lone Pine Mountaineers, Bangor, ca. 1940
  • Creation Date: circa 1940
  • Subject Date: circa 1940
  • Location: Bangor, Penobscot County, ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 20.3 cm x 25.4 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. S-8831
  • Object Type: Image

Cross Reference Searches

Standardized Subject Headings


Other Keywords

For more information about this item, contact:

Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230

This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. No Permission is required to use the low-resolution watermarked image for educational use, or as allowed by the applicable copyright. For all other uses, permission is required.

How to cite content on this site

Please post your comment below to share with others. If you'd like to privately share a comment or correction with MMN staff, please send us a message with this link.