Personalities | Rex Griffin | War Years | Country

(Vocals, songwriter, 1912–58)

Though he died in poverty and obscurity in a New Orleans charity hospital and is little remembered today, Griffin’s singing strongly influenced a number of major artists, including Ernest Tubb and Hank Williams. Born in Gadsden, Alabama, Alsie ‘Rex’ Griffin sang and yodelled in the style of Jimmie Rodgers. He recorded for Decca Records in the mid- and late-1930s, performed on radio stations in Alabama and Texas, and wrote the poignantly mournful ‘The Last Letter’.

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


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