Personalities | DeFord Bailey | Twenties | Jazz & Blues

(Vocals, harmonica, guitar, 1899–1982)

DeFord Bailey was a member of the original Grand Ole Opry and was its first big star, until he was dismissed from the troupe in 1941 because allegedly he either could not or would not learn new material. His ‘Pan American Blues’, a harmonica train imitation, was one of the early Opry’s most readily identifiable themes. Bailey recorded for both Brunswick and Victor, and while a member of the Opry he also toured with the show. A drive is currently underway to induct him into the Country Music Hall Of Fame, an institution that seldom, if ever, embraces black artists.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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