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(Vocal duo, 1936–76)

This prettiest and most poignant of country harmony duos was first heard on southern radio in 1935. The North Carolina-born Bolick brothers – Bill (b. 1917) and Earl (1919–98) – also recorded prolifically, accompanying themselves on mandolin and guitar, from 1936 to 1951, making definitive discs of traditional Americana like ‘Down On The Banks Of The Ohio’ and ‘Story Of The Knoxville Girl’. In later years, though they had ceased working together, they were persuaded to reunite for occasional festival appearances and albums.

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


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