Personalities | Rose Maddox | West Coast Scene | Country

(Vocals, 1925–98)

Before rockabilly, hillbilly humour and flashy rhinestone outfits, there was the feisty Rose Maddox and her brothers Cal, Fred and Don. She started singing on radio when she was 11, as part of Maddox Brothers And Rose, gaining popularity with a wild, fast-paced presentation that mixed loud honky-tonk music and almost vaudeville-style humour, and recording for Four Star and Columbia. After the brothers retired in 1957, Rose went solo and moved into the Top 5 with ‘Loose Talk’ (1961), a duet with Buck Owens. After the higher-placed solo offering ‘Sing A Little Song Of Heartache’ (1962), she moved into bluegrass music and found a ready audience with the folk revivalists. The change of pace opened up new avenues for touring and concerts, which she concentrated upon during her latter years as well as recording for several small labels.

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


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