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The Delmore Brothers

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The Delmore Brothers aren’t nearly as well-known therefore early country giants because the Carter Family members, Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Wills, and Hank Williams. The reason why because of this, upon close inspection of the work, aren’t readily apparent. These were one of the biggest early nation harmonizers, sketching from both gospel and Appalachian folk. These were competent songwriters, penning actually hundreds of tracks, many of that have shown to be long lasting. Most important, these were one of the few early traditional nation works to improve with the days, and pioneer some of these adjustments. Their recordings through the last mentioned half of the 1940s wedded traditional nation to boogie beats and bluesy riffs. In this respect they laid a base for rockabilly and early rock and roll & move, and rate being among the most essential white progenitors of these forms. The Delmores had been delivered into poverty in Elkmont, AL, because the sons of tenant farmers. Alton (b. Dec 25, 1908) would compose a lot of the duo’s first materials, although his young sibling Rabon (b. Dec 3, 1916) was also a reliable article writer. Performing on electric guitar and vocals from early age range, these were playing as some by enough time Rabon was a decade old. In the first ’30s, these were self-confident more than enough to enter professional music, auditioning for Columbia in 1931 and effectively auditioning for Nashville radio train station WSM the next year. Through the entire 1930s, the Delmore Brothers documented often, in addition to performing on many r / c. They probably obtained their most early popularity, however, using their long-running stint using the Grand Ole Opry between 1932 and 1938. The music emphasized their gorgeous soft harmonies, achieved guitar selecting, and strong initial compositions. Unusually for that point (or any additional), the Delmores would change high and low tranquility parts from track to track (as well as inside the same track), although Alton would generally sing business lead. Whether performing their very own tunes, traditional types, or gospel, they brought a solid bluesy feeling to both their music and their vocals. It’s that component, perhaps, that allows the Delmores, a lot more than many other functions of that time period, to talk with listeners of following generations. Never to end up being underestimated either are their down-to-earth lyrical problems, which address commonplace challenges and lost appreciate with sophistication and redeeming, good-natured laughter, seldom resorting to cornball tears. In 1944, the Delmores agreed upon with Ruler, inaugurating a time which discovered them delving into and innovating newer forms of nation. Although their 1st edges for the label trapped to a normal mildew, in 1946 they extended using their acoustic two-piece plans into full-band back-up, with bass, mandolin, metal acoustic guitar, fiddle, harmonica, and extra guitars. Some of these additional guitars had been given by Merle Travis, who acknowledged Alton Delmore as an integral impact. In retrospect, nevertheless, the main back-up musician on these edges was Wayne Raney, who performed a “choke” design of harmonica which was greatly influenced from the blues. The Delmores had been also leaning progressively toward up-tempo materials that shown the increase in Traditional western golf swing and boogie-woogie. By the finish of 1947, these were also using guitar and drums. Raney (who also sang) in place acted like a third person in the Delmores in the past due ’40s and early ’50s, if they plunged full-tilt into hillbilly boogie. They are the most accessible and, in a few ways, greatest Delmore Brothers edges. These were also probably the most effective, and in the past due ’40s the brothers reached their industrial peak, releasing some hard-driving boogies with thumping backbeats and bluesy buildings. Probably they milked the cow dried out, documenting “Hillybilly Boogie,” “Steamboat Costs Boogie,” “Barnyard Boogie,” “Cell Boogie,” “Freight Teach Boogie,” and also “Skillet American Boogie.” We were holding generally exciting shows, though, featuring expanded electric guitar solos that obviously looked forwards to the rock and roll era. Listen, for example, to the extended electric guitar breaks of “Beale Road Boogies” (unreleased at that time) — hardly any, if any, black or white artists had been riffing so thoroughly in 1947. And undoubtedly “Beale Road” itself was a tribute to probably the most well-known musical road in Memphis, the town that did therefore very much to cross-fertilize monochrome origins music into what became rock and roll & move. The Delmores didn’t stay completely to boogies through the Ruler era, also liberating some slower bluesy materials. Among these, the initial “Blues AVOID Me,” became their biggest strike, and indeed probably the most popular Delmore Brothers music of all, frequently covered by following nation and pop performers. Oddly enough, the Delmores continuing to record gospel privately, within the Brown’s Ferry Four, a quartet which also included (at numerous factors) Grandpa Jones, Merle Travis, and Crimson Foley. As important because the Delmores’ Ruler sides might have been on the continuing future of American pop, the Delmores themselves wouldn’t normally have the ability to capitalize on that potential. By the first ’50s, their industrial achievement was fading. Following the loss of life of his youthful little girl, Alton drank intensely; worse, Rabon passed away of lung cancers on Dec 4, 1952. Alton (like longtime accompanist Wayne Raney) do record some materials as a single act, in both gospel and rockabilly areas. Alton was much too old to begin with a new profession like a rockabilly vocalist, though, and he didn’t record very much going back 10 years of his existence. He published the autobiography THE FACT IS Stranger Than Promotion (released posthumously in 1977 by CMF) before dying on June 9, 1964. By that point the Delmore Brothers’ function had already verified extremely influential, especially within the harmonies of fellow sibling serves the Louvin Brothers as well as the Everly Brothers. They left out an extraordinary extended and constant body of documented work — practically none of the edges are lousy, a minimum of the ones which were reissued. A lot of the Delmores’ early materials, unfortunately, could be hard to find, although many from the Ruler sides have already been reissued on Compact disc.

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Full Name The Delmore Brothers
Nationality American
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame
Music Songs Blues Stay Away From Me, Freight Train Boogie, Brown's Ferry Blues, Hillbilly Boogie, I've Got the Big River Blues, Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar, Pan American Boogie, Sand Mountain Blues, Alabama Lullaby, Field Hand Man, Fifty Miles to Travel, The Fugitive's Lament, Blue Railroad Train, Good Time Saturday Night, Midnight Train, Blow Yo' Whistle, Freight Train, Weary Lonesome Blues, Blues You Never Lose, When it's Time For the Whip-Poor-Will to Sing, Steamboat Bill Boogie, Gotta Have Some Lovin', The Nashville Blues, False Hearted Girl, Mississippi Shore, Will You Be Lonesome Too, Peach Street Boogie, Singing My Troubles Away, See That Coon In A Hickory Tree, I Let The Freight Train Carry Me On, Mobile Boogie, Rounder's Blues, Don't You See That Train
Albums Hillbilly Boogie Best, Country Music Pioneers (Classic Mood Experience), Brown's Ferry Blues, Essential Selection (Remastered), Delmore Brothers Volume 2, CD C, The Delmore Brothers, Vol. 1, We're Listening To The Delmore Brothers, Vol. 9, We're Listening To The Delmore Brothers, Vol. 3, We're Listening To The Delmore Brothers, Vol. 5, Country Nostalgia, Delmore Brothers Volume 2, CD A, Beyond Patina Jazz Masters: Delmore Brothers, The Very Best Of, 16 All Time Favorite Songs, Blues Stays Away from Me 1931-1951, We're Listening To The Delmore Brothers, Vol. 8, Country Classics, Country Giants, We're Listening To The Delmore Brothers, Vol. 6, Top 70 Classics - The Very Best of Delmore Brothers, We're Listening To The Delmore Brothers, Vol. 4, We're Listening To The Delmore Brothers, Vol. 7, Country on Air, Weary Day (1928 - 1952), We're Listening To The Delmore Brothers, Vol. 10, Inducted Into The Hall Of Fame 2001, The Immortal Country Masters (Remastered), More From The 1930s Plus The 1940s And 1950s, Delmore Brothers Volume 2, CD D, We're Listening To The Delmore Brothers, Vol. 2, Delmore Brothers Volume 2, CD B, All Legacy Masters (Remastered), Boogie !, Blues Stay Away From Me - The Best Of The Delmore Brothers, We're Listening To The Delmore Brothers, Vol. 1, Big River Blues, The Delmore Brothers' Hillbilly Boogie, Classic Cuts A - 1933-35, Classic Cuts B - 1936-37, Anytime in My Mind, Listen My Shuffle (Remastered), Meet the Delmore Brothers, Vol. 1, The Groovin' Atmosphere, Blues You Never Lose: The Delmore Brothers, Vol. 6, Blues You Never Lose: The Delmore Brothers, Vol. 10, Delmore Brothers 2: Later Years 1933-1952, Blues You Never Lose: The Delmore Brothers, Vol. 9, Blues You Never Lose: The Delmore Brothers, Vol. 7, Wonderful Soundtrack, The Best of the Delmores, All Night in Music


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#Fact
1 Fellow jazz singer Billie Holiday once said in an interview that Stafford was her favorite music artist because she found her to be so ladylike.
2 Was a favorite singer of actor William Powell who collected everyone of her albums.
3 She was a lifelong Republican and over the years supported such conservative men as Thomas E. Dewey, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and George W. Bush. She was even an honored guest and singer at a luncheon hosted at the White House by Mamie Eisenhower in 1954.
4 She was awarded 3 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1625 Vine Street; for Radio at 1709 Vine Street; and for Television at 7270 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
5 Sang in The Stafford Sisters, a vocal sister trio with her two older siblings, Pauline Stafford and Christine Stafford.
6 The Pied Pipers went from an octet to a quartet once they began working with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1939.
7 She was a favorite singer of GI's during WWII. Servicemen affectionately called her GI Jo.
8 The only Grammy Jo won was as her off-key singing alter-ego Darlene Edwards when she won "Best Comedy Album" in 1960.
9 Her parents were Grover Cleveland Stafford and Anna (York) Stafford. The family moved to Long Beach, California when she was young and where she had five years of classical voice training.
10 Began her solo career after leaving the Dorsey Orchestra in 1942 with the new Capitol Records label. She later moved to Colubmia Records in 1950 and then back to Capitol in 1961.
11 Despite her brief time as a solo artist (she ended her career in the 1960s), she sold more than 25 million records.
12 Her first husband was The Pied Pipers singer John Huddleston.
13 Had two children with second husband Paul Weston. Tim became a musician and record producer and Amy a singer.
14 From 1944 through 1957, she had 83 records on Billboard's pop music charts as a solo artist.
15 1960 Grammy Award winner (as Darlene Edwards) in Best Comedy Performance-Musical category for "Jonathan and Darlene Edwards In Paris" with husband Paul Weston (as Jonathan Edwards).
16 Member of The Pied Pipers from 1938-1944.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fallout 4 2015 Video Game performer: "Personality"
I Saw the Light 2015 performer: "Tennessee Waltz"
Carol 2015 performer: "No Other Love"
Love Hotel 2014 Documentary performer: "Tea For Two" lyrics by nm0128371 & music by nm0949207
Kill Your Darlings 2013 performer: "On the Sunny Side of the Street"
The Walking Dead 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Moeder, ik wil bij de revue 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Master 2012 performer: "No Other Love"
Stories We Tell 2012 Documentary performer: "Ain't Misbehavin"
The Deep Blue Sea 2011 performer: "You Belong to Me"
Mafia II 2010 Video Game performer: "MAKE LOVE TO ME" - uncredited
A Single Man 2009 performer: "Blue Moon" 1934
Youth in Revolt 2009 performer: "My Romance"
Cold Case TV Series 1 episode, 2006 performer - 1 episode, 2005
Normal 2003 TV Movie performer: "Long Ago and Far Away"
Blue Moon 2000 performer: "You Belong to Me"
The End of the Affair 1999 performer: "Haunted Heart"
Liberty Heights 1999 performer: "Teach Me Tonight"
The Straight Story 1999 performer: "Happy Times"
Psycho 1998 performer: "On the Sunny Side of the Street"
Lolita 1997 performer: "Tim-Tayshun" - as Cinderella G. Stump
Fallen Angels 1995 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Household Saints 1993 performer: "I Never Loved Anyone"
Dennis the Menace 1993 performer: "Whatcha Know Joe"
The Mambo Kings 1992 performer: "You Belong To Me"
Bugsy 1991 performer: "CANDY" 1944, "LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY" 1944
Let Him Have It 1991 performer: "You Belong to Me"
The Two Jakes 1990 performer: "Haunted Heart"
Biloxi Blues 1988 performer: "Blue Moon"
Crazy Moon 1987 performer: "I'll Be Seeing You"
Tin Men 1987 performer: "All the Things You Are", "You Belong to Me"
Swing Shift 1984 performer: "I'll Be Seeing You"
The Kentucky Fried Movie 1977 performer: "Carioca" - as Darlene Edwards, uncredited
The Last Picture Show 1971 performer: "You Belong To Me" - uncredited
Mondo Trasho 1969 performer: "Jambalaya"
The Danny Kaye Show 1963-1964 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Jo Stafford Show 1961 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Shower of Stars 1958 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show 1957 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dark Passage 1947 performer: "Too Marvelous for Words" - uncredited
Du Barry Was a Lady 1943 performer: "I Love an Esquire Girl" 1943, "Katie Went to Haiti" 1939

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Red Skelton Hour 1962-1964 TV Series Darlene Edwards / Clara Appleby
The Sid Caesar Show 1958 TV Movie
Shower of Stars 1958 TV Series
Dark Passage 1947 Singer (voice, uncredited)
Rhythm Round-Up 1945 Member - The Pied Pipers (as The Pied Pipers)
Jam Session 1944 Pied Piper Member (as The Pied Pipers)
Girl Crazy 1943 Jo Stafford (uncredited)
Gals, Incorporated 1943 Member The Pied Pipers (as The Pied Pipers)
Du Barry Was a Lady 1943 Member The Pied Pipers (uncredited)
Ship Ahoy 1942 Member Pied PIpers (as The Pied Pipers)
Las Vegas Nights 1941 One of the Pied Pipers (uncredited)
Honolulu 1939 Member of The Pied Pipers (uncredited)

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Blue Moon 2000 special thanks
The Last Picture Show 1971 for their music we thank: courtesy of Decca Records

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Voice of Firestone 1958-1959 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
The Bing Crosby Special 1959 TV Movie Herself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1959 TV Series Herself
The George Gobel Show 1958 TV Series Herself
The All-Star Christmas Show 1958 TV Movie Herself
The Red Skelton Hour 1958 TV Series Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1957-1958 TV Series Herself
Shower of Stars 1958 TV Series Herself
The Frank Sinatra Show 1958 TV Series Herself
Club Oasis 1957 TV Series Herself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1956-1957 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself - Vocalist
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show 1957 TV Series Herself - Singer
The Jackie Gleason Show 1956 TV Series Herself - Guest Pop / Jazz Vocalist
What's My Line? 1956 TV Series Herself - Mystery Guest
The Jo Stafford Show 1954 TV Series Herself - Host
Upbeat in Music 1943 Documentary short Herself - Piped Pipers Vocalist
Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 TV Special documentary Herself
Dinah! 1975 TV Series Herself
The Danny Kaye Show 1963-1964 TV Series Herself
The Bell Telephone Hour 1960-1962 TV Series Herself - Singer
The Garry Moore Show 1960-1962 TV Series Herself
The Jo Stafford Show 1961 TV Series Herself - Host
Startime 1960 TV Series Herself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1959-1960 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself - Singer
Spectacular 1959 TV Series Herself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1959 TV Series Herself - Singer -Top Of The Bill
The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom 1959 TV Series Herself - Guest

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Music: Songbook Standards - As Time Goes By 2015 TV Movie
My Music: Starlight Ballroom 2015 TV Movie Herself
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Paul Merton's Palladium Story 1994 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television On 8 February 1960. At 6270 Hollywood Blvd.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording On 8 February 1960. At 1625 Vine Street.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Radio On 8 February 1960. At 1709 Vine Street.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1955 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Female Singer

TitleSalary
Las Vegas Nights (1941) $15 /day

#Quote
1 For the same reason that Lana Turner is not posing in bathing suits anymore. JS - when asked why she wouldn't come out of retirement
2 [on her stage technique] "I just tried to remember the lyrics and not bump into the trumpet player."


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