Personalities | Red Foley | War Years | Country

(Vocals, guitar, harmonica, 1910–68)

Clyde Julian ‘Red’ Foley was born in Blue Lick, Kentucky, and was central to the surge in country music’s popularity in the 1940s and early 1950s with hits like ‘Smoke On The Water’ (1944), ‘Tennessee Saturday Night’ (1948), ‘Chattanoogie Shoeshine Boy’ (1950) and ‘Birmingham Bounce’ (1950). For three decades, Foley headlined on various popular radio barndance shows, including the Renfro Valley Barn Dance in Kentucky, the Grand Ole Opry and the Ozark Jubilee, in Springfield, Missouri.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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