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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Carolina Twins day

The Carolina Twins were a duo consisting of singer and guitarist David O. Fletcher (1900-1958) and guitarist and harmonica wizzard Gwen (often also spelled Gwyn) Foster (1903-1954). Foster had an amazing ability to play two harmonicas and a guitar simultaneously and to imitate a bird, a train or anything you want on his harmonica. Fletcher was so impressed when he heard Foster playing around 1925, that he wanted to set up a duo. The pair began to appear on private parties and such venues. But instead of playing the old mountain tunes, both men rather played modern songs like "Lazy River". For a short time, they toured the south with banjo player Doc Walsh and Foster also made recordings with Walsh's Carolina Tar Heels, but soon they returned to their then popular dance music. By 1928, they made their first recordings for Victor, but had to cut old-time (Ralph Peer wasn't impressed by the duo's hillbilly versions of modern songs). Between 1928 and 1930, they laid down more than 18 well selling sides. Their last session took place in Richmond, Indiana, for Gennett. Fletcher stayed in Richmond, but eventually moved to his hometown Mount Holly, where he died. Foster continued to play with the famed Clarence Ashley and worked on the radio. He died in Dallas, NC, in 1954.

Here are three songs:
1. Off To War I'm Going
2. The Boarding House Bells are Ringing
3. One Dark and Rainy Night

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