Personalities | The Delmore Brothers | Roots of Rock

(Vocal group, 1931–52)

The Delmore Brothers (Alton and Rabon) were a precursor to sibling vocal groups like The Everly Brothers. The Delmores’ sound, which incorporated fast electric guitar parts and bluesy harmonica riffs, foreshadowed the crossover appeal of later rockabilly and country rock bands. Embracing elements of western swing and boogie-woogie in the late 1940s, The Delmores recorded multiple songs like ‘Hillbilly Boogie’ and ‘Freight Train Boogie’, but their biggest hit was the slower ‘Blues, Stay Away From My Door’.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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