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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Taylor's Kentucky Boys day

Dennis W. Taylor, a farmer and talent scout for the Starr Piano Company in Kentucky, came up with the name of this band. Taylor also introduced Fiddlin' Doc Roberts and Welby Toomey to the record business and discovered Red Foley. Although he was not a musician, he liked Old-Time music and began to manage a local string band in the mid-1920s he called "Taylor's Kentucky Boys." This group played on local dances, at school houses as well as at social events and eventually, Taylor got them a recording contract with Gennett Records. On April 26, 1927, Taylor's Kentucky Boys made their first recordings in Richmond, Indiana. The line-up consisted of Jim Booker on fiddle, Marion Underwood on banjo, and Willie Young on guitar. More sessions during the year of 1927 followed with various line-ups including Aulton Ray, Doc Roberts, Jim, John, and Joe Booker among others. Notibly, the Bookers were black musicians and perhaps some of the few black Old-Time musicians to record.

Here's one song from their first session:
1. Grey Eagle

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

wow cant believe I found this - I was with Doug and Rick and Greg in the late 60s - rogerwalls.com