Personalities | Harry Choates | Cowboys & Playboys | Country
(Fiddle, guitar, vocals, 1922–51)
Harry Choates is one of the tragic figures of country music. A charismatic fiddler reared along the Louisiana-Texas Coast, he combined Cajun styles with western swing and hit with ‘Jole Blon’ in 1946. The hard-living, alcoholic Choates (who was even more skilled on guitar than fiddle) soon spiralled out of control. When he died in an Austin, Texas jail, locked up for non-support, he was not yet 30.
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