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Grayson And Whitter

G.B. Grayson and Henry Whitter sang together for only three years during the late '20s and early '30s, but they had a tremendous effect on country music; even contemporary performers continue to cover their songs, which include "Handsome Molly" (recorded by Bob Dylan and Mick Jagger), "Cluck Old Hen," "Tom Dooley," "Rose Conley," and "Lee Highway Blues (Going Down the Lee Highway)." Fiddler/singer Grayson was born in Ashe Country, North Country. As a young man, he made his living as a minstrel, traveling through mountain towns playing at fairs and dances. He eventually settled near the Tennessee-Virginia border, where he played with such noted musicians as Clarence Tom Ashley and Doc Walsh. An excellent fiddler, Grayson was also an exceptional singer, and after teaming up with Whitter, he frequently sang lead vocals on their recordings.

Guitarist/singer Henry Whitter was born in Fries, Virginia; while not an exceptional musician or singer, he was devoted to promoting old-time music and was able to arrange many recording sessions. Whitter and Grayson met at a fiddlers' convention in Mountain City, Tennessee in 1927. They teamed up, and by autumn of that year, Whitter had gotten them two record deals. They recorded eight songs for the Gennett label and six for Victor, among them the classic "Handsome Molly," which sold over 50,000 copies. In total, the two recorded 40 songs in three years. Grayson was killed in an auto accident in August, 1930 while hitchhiking; Whitter was devastated, but continued performing and occasionally recording until his 1941 death from diabetes. ~ Sandra Brennan
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Selected Discography

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Track List: In The Pines: Tar Heel Folk Songs & Fiddle Tunes, Old-Time Music Of North Carolina 1926-1936

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Track List: People Take Warning 3: Man Vs. Man

Disc 1

2. Wreck Of The Old 97

3. Bill Wilson

4. The Crash Of The Akron

5. The Fate Of Talmadge Osborne

8. Fate Of Will Rogers & Wiley Post

9. Down With The Old Canoe

10. Wreck Of Number 52

11. Kassie Jones Part 1

12. Kassie Jones Part 2

13. The Brave Engineer

14. The Sinking Of The Titanic

15. Fate Of Chris Lively And Wife

16. Wreck On The Mountain Road

17. The Unfortunate Brakeman

19. The Fatal Wreck Of The Bus

20. Last Scene Of The Titanic

21. Casey Jones

23. The Titanic

24. When That Great Ship Went Down

Disc 2

1. The Story Of The Mighty Mississippi

3. Dixie Boll Weevil

5. Ohio Prison Fire

6. Memphis Flu

7. Explosion In The Fairmount Mine

8. Storm That Struck Miami

9. When The Levee Breaks

10. Alabama Flood

13. High Water Everywhere, Part 2

14. Ryecove Cyclone

15. McBeth Mine Explosion

16. Dry Well Blues

17. Baltimore Fire

18. Tennessee Tornado

19. Dry Spell Blues, Part 2

20. The Santa Barbara Earthquake

21. The Death Of Floyd Collins

22. The Porto Rico Storm

23. Boll Weavil

24. The Flood Of 1927

Disc 3

1. Peddler And His Wife

2. The Little Grave In Georgia

3. Kenney Wagner's Surrender

4. Henry Clay Beattie

5. The Murder Of The Lawson Family

7. Railroad Bill

8. Frankie

9. Trial Of Richard Bruno Hauptmann, Part 1

10. Trial Of Richard Bruno Hauptmann, Part 2

12. Darling Cora

13. Billy Lyons And Stack O' Lee

14. Tom Dooley

17. Fingerprints Upon The Windowpane

18. The Bluefield Murder

20. Fate Of Rhoda Sweeten

21. Dupree Blues

22. Poor Ellen Smith

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Track List: The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of: Super Rarities

Disc 1

2. Mississippi County Farm Blues

4. I'm Going Back Home

5. Fightin' In The War With Spain

8. Slidin' Delta

10. Rollin' Dough Blues

11. Ginseng Blues

15. Two Step De La Prairie Soileau

16. Operator Blues

18. Jim Strainer Blues

20. Old Rub Alcohol Blues

21. Mistreatin' Mama

Disc 2

1. Sweet Mama

3. Clarksdale Moan

5. Down In Texas Blues

7. I'm Leavin' Town (But I Sho' Don't Wanna Go)

8. Wild Cat Rag

9. Whoopee Blues

10. Davey Crockett

11. Skinny Leg Blues

15. If I Call You Mama

16. My Mind Is To Marry

18. Don't Speak To Me

19. Married Man's Blues

20. Sweet Betsey From The Pike

21. Boll Weevil

23. Bells Of Love

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Track List: Man Of Constant Sorrow (And Other Timeless Mountain Ballads)

2. Oh Molly Dear

4. Lowe Bonnie

5. Ommie Wise

6. In The Hills Of Roane County

7. John Henry Blues

10. Man Of Constant Sorrow

13. Darling Cora

14. I've Always Been A Rambler

16. He Rambled

17. The Fate Of Ellen Smith

18. Wreck Of The Old 97

19. The Island Unkown - Part 1

20. The Island Unkown - Part 2

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Track List: The Rose Grew Round The Briar: Early American Rural Love Songs, Vol. 2

1. Old Time Rider

2. Handsome Molly

3. Last Gold Dollar

5. George Collins

8. Little Sweetheart Pal Of Mine

10. Tired Of You Driving Me

14. Once I Loved A Railroad Flagman

15. I'll Remember Your Love In My Prayers

17. Teasin' Brown Blues

18. Lost Love Blues

19. Look On & Cry

22. Baby Will You Please Come Home

23. You Are My Sunshine

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Track List: The Rose Grew Round The Briar, Vol. 1: Early American Rural Love Songs

2. Dark Holler Blues

3. I Do Blues

6. Lonesome Man Blues

7. Little Maggie With A Dram Glass In Her Hand

8. False Hearted Lover's Blues

9. Brooklyn Blues

10. Stolen Love

11. Shady Grove

12. Down On My Bended Knee

15. Drive Away Blues

16. A Short Life Of Trouble

17. Going To Germany

18. Dark Eyes

19. Lulu Wall

20. Lost Lover Blues

21. Don't Say Goodbye

22. The Hobo From The T&P Line (Part 2)

23. Barbara Allen

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Track List: Music From The Lost Provinces

1. Train 45

3. Last Gold Dollar

5. My Name Is Ticklish Reuben

8. Short Life Of Trouble

11. Likes Likker Better Than Me

12. Way Down In Alabama

14. I've Always Been A Rambler

15. I've Got No Honey Babe Now

20. Chased Old Satan Through The Door

21. Handsome Molly

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