Leo Raley
Possibly the first professional musician to record with an electric mandolin, Raley played with Western swing fiddle legend Cliff Bruner and the Texas Wanderers, as well as other Houston-based bands. (Bruner, a former sideman with Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies, formed the Wanderers following Brown's death in 1936.) Raley used a Martin A-style mandolin with a pickup built by Ted Daffan, the proprietor of a Houston radio repair shop. It was Raley's playing that first inspired Tiny Moore to pick up the electric mandolin.