Erwin, Pee Wee
- Barrett G. Potter
Erwin, Pee Wee (30 May 1913–20 June 1981), musician, composer, and bandleader, was born George Francis Erwin in Falls City, Nebraska, the son of James Oglesby Erwin, a barber, and Chloe Maxine Prater. Both parents were musicians. His father played trumpet and his mother the piano. Erwin learned to play the cornet and joined his father’s band, where he acquired the nickname “Pee Wee” because of his small stature. At the age of eight he played on the radio for the first time, with the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks....