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Sep 13, Bill Monroe, musician and the Father of
Bluegrass, was born.
1925 Jul 27, Charlie Poole
(1892-1931) and His North Carolina Ramblers recorded “Don’t Let Your
Deal Go Down Blues” at the NYC studios of Columbia Records.
1938 Bill Munroe (1912-1996) put
together his band called the Blue Grass Boys. During the war the
classic bluegrass quintet developed with mandolin, fiddle, guitar, bass
and banjo. He was joined by Lester Flatt in 1945 and Earl Scruggs in
(SFC, 9/10/96, p.A17)(SSFC, 6/10/01, p.D3)
1947-1963 The Louvin Brothers of Alabama, born Ira
and Charlie Loudermilk, recorded their country music, a mix of
bluegrass, gospel, blues and antique fold ballads. A boxed set of their
recordings called "Close Harmony" was put together by Richard Weize of
Bear Family Records, Hamburg, Germ.
(WSJ, 9/11/98, p.W3)
1957 Don Stover (1928-1996), blue
grass banjo player, recorded "Knee Deep in Bluegrass," with Bill
Monroe. His bands included the Coal River Valley Boys, the Lilly
Brothers Band and the White Oak Mountain Boys with whom he recorded
"Things in Life."
(SFC, 11/13/96, p.C3)
1962 Jerry Garcia, later of the
Grateful Dead, played a 5-string banjo in the bluegrass band ‘The Hart
Valley Drifters," later renamed "The Wildwood Boys."
1966 Dec 1, Carter Stanley, of the
Stanley Brothers bluegrass duo, died of cancer.
(WSJ, 10/8/98, p.A16)
1971 John Duffey (1934-1996)
formed his Seldom Scene bluegrass group. He had played with Charlie
Waller and the Country Gentlemen.
(SFC, 12/12/96, p.C8)
1978 Charles Sawtelle (d.1999 at
52) helped found the Hot Rize bluegrass group, named after an
ingredient in the Martha White Self-Rising Flour. The Hot Rize product
had been promoted for years by bluegrass legends Lester Flatt and Earl
(SFC, 3/25/99, p.C3)
1996 Sep 9, Bill Monroe (b.1911),
Blue Grass pioneer, died at 85. His blues style was much influenced by
the thumb-style blues guitar picking of a black musician named Arnold
Schultz. In 2000 Richard D. Smith authored the biography "Can’t You
Hear me Callin’"
(WSJ, 9/16/96, p.A14)(WSJ, 7/28/00, p.W9)
1998 Apr 15, Rose Maddox (b.1926),
US country singer, died in Ashland, Oregon. In her last decade she was
backed by the bluegrass Vern Williams Band.
2000 Jan, The SF Noe Valley
Ministry held its 1st SF Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival.
(SSFC, 6/10/01, p.D3)
2003 Apr 22, Felice Bryant (77),
bluegrass song writer, died in Gatlinburg, Tenn.. She and her late
husband wrote such tunes as "Bye Bye Love" and other Everly Brothers
hits and "Rocky Top" (1968).
(SFC, 4/23/03, A21)(AP, 4/22/08)
2005 May 14, Jimmy Martin (77),
blue grass band leader, died in Nashville. He performed as lead
vocalist for the Blue Grass Boys periodically through 1955 and then
formed the Sunny Mountain Boys recording for Decca for 18 years.
(SSFC, 5/15/05, p.B3)
2006 Jun 6, Vern Williams, singer
and bluegrass mandolin player, died in San Andreas, Ca. He partnered
with fiddler Ray Park (1933-2002) from about 1960-1974 as Vern and Ray.
Their albums included “Sounds from the Ozarks” (1974).