Deford Bailey

Deford Bailey

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. DeFord Bailey (December 14, 1899 - July 2, 1982) was an early country music star and the first African American performer on the Grand Ole Opry. Bailey played several instruments but is best known for his harmonica tunes. He was one of the few notable African-American stars in country music. A grandson of slaves, Bailey was born near the Bellwood community in rural Smith County, Tennessee, and learned to play the harmonica at the age of three. He contracted polio (or as it was called at the time 'infantile paralysis'). During his year-long confinement to bed he developed his distinctive style of playing. In 1918, he moved to Nashville performing locally. His first documented radio appearance was June 19, 1926 on WSM in Nashville. On December 10, 1927, he performed his most famous piece "Pan American Blues" for the first time. Upon Bailey's debut performance of the "Pan American Blues," WSM Barn Dance George D. Hay is quoted as having said: "From now on we will present the Grand Ole Opry." The radio show has been known by that name ever since.
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  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 7mm | 186g
  • United States
  • English
  • 6136614782
  • 9786136614786