The Elton Britt Memorial has Been Unveiled
The Elton Britt Historic Marker was recently unveiled by his family in Marshall at the historic 1902 jail near the square, 300 South Highway 27, Marshall, Arkansas, 72650.
Elton Britt, born James Elton Baker, came from the Zack community in Searcy County near the Buffalo River. Britt was from a musical family and went on to be the first million seller in Country Music and received the first Gold Record in Country Music history for his big hit during World War II "There's a Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere." He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and appeared in numerous TV shows and multiple movies.
Britt started his career in 1930 with the Beverly Hill Billies show in Los Angeles, and later performed both in the White House for President Franklin Roosevelt and for the Royal Family in Great Britain. Britt made overseas USO trips to entertain American troops and even performed back home just a few hundred feet from this historic marker in the old Ken Theatre on East Nome Street. He was one of the world’s greatest yodelers and died in 1972. His song “Uranium Fever,” became popular decades after his death for its association with a popular video game.