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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Emry Arthur day

Emry Arthur is possibly best known for his recording of "Man of Constant Sorrow", which was written by Dick Burnett, another famed musician from the region around Monticello, Kentucky.
Arthur was born in Elk Spring Valley around 1900. Local folk stars Dick Burnett and Leonard Rutherford along with William Rexroat influenced him and Emry decided to learn the guitar. After moving to Indianapolis in 1925, he recorded his first sides for Vocalion. But he lost wife and recording contract soon after and moved to Wisconsin, where he found work at the Wisconsin Chair Company (the mother company of Paramount Records). Through that connection, he signed a new contract with Paramount, recording many more sides. His last session was held in 1935 but the records did not sell well which caused Arthur to left the music business. He returned to Indianapolis, where he died in 1966.

Here is his recording of "Man of Constant Sorrow" I was speaking of:

1. Man of Constant Sorrow

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