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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Karl & Harty day

Karl and Harty were one of the first old-time duos in the typical guitar-mandolin combination. Although they were no brothers, they influenced  later acts like the Blue Sky Boys and also the Everly Brothers.
Karl Davis and Hartford Conneticut Taylor were from Kentucky and teamed up in 1930. During the 1930s, they were featured on WLS's National Barn Dance, which increased their popularity. They got a recording contract with the American Record Corporation, but none of their recordings became huge hits. All in all, their career never took really off - they only gained a bit of fame on radio. But they influenced a lot of other musicians. Karl Davis wrote "Kentucky", a song dedicated to his homestate, and "I'm Just Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail", which became a classic and was covered by such artists as Hank Snow, Red Allen, the Blue Sky Boys or the Everly Brothers. In the 1940s, they recorded for Capitol and Columbia but soon dropped out of music.

Here are two songs by Karl & Harty:

1. Friendless and Sad
2. I Heard the Wicked Pray


Anonymous said...

As a child,I knew Karl Davis in the old Portage Park neighborhood of Chicago. he lived on Pensacola Ave for many years. good blog. John Groskopf

Mellow said...

Thanks for the nice comment!

René Vis said...

Just found out about this duo. Thanks to blogspots like yours there's lots of treasures to be found.