Kelly Harrell

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Harrell was born in Draper's Valley, Wythe County, Virginia and from his early teens worked in various textile mills. In early 1925, when Harrell was already 35 years old, he went to New York City and recorded four tracks for Victor Records, among them "New River Train" (made famous by Bill Monroe) and "The Roving Gambler". He recorded for OKeh later that year, including a version of "The Wreck of the Old 97" and "I Was Born 10,000 Year Ago" (the latter often known as "The Bragging Song".

He made more records for Victor in 1925, 1926, 1927 and 1929. "The Butcher's Boy" and "I Wish I Was A Single Girl Again" on Victor 19563 on 1925-01-07. "The Dying Hobo" (1926) is a variant of the traditional English folk song "George Collins". "My Name Is John Johannah" was recorded in 1927 at RCA Victor's studios in Camden, NJ, with Posey Rorer on fiddle, Alfred Steagal on guitar and R.D. Hundley on banjo.

After 1929, his recording career came to a halt, owing to his inability to play an instrument; Harrell always required backing by other musicians, and the Great Depression had so damaged the recording business that Victor was unwilling to pay the cost of hiring backup musicians. He died of a heart attack in 1942.
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Kelly Harrell Discography Tracks

Singles & EPs

40486 Kelly Harrell - Wild Bill Jones / I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago album art Kelly Harrell Accomp. By Henry Whitter Kelly Harrell Accomp. By Henry Whitter - Wild Bill Jones / I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago(Shellac, 10") Okeh 40486 US 1925 Sell This Version
19563 Kelly Harrell - Butcher's Boy / I Wish I Was A Single Girl Again album art Kelly Harrell Butcher's Boy / I Wish I Was A Single Girl Again(Shellac, 10") Victor 19563 US 1925 Sell This Version
19596 Kelly Harrell - New River Train / Rovin' Gambler album art Kelly Harrell New River Train / Rovin' Gambler(Shellac, 10") Victor 19596 US 1925 Sell This Version
Kelly Harrell - Hand Me Down My Walking Cane / My Horses Ain't Hungry album art Kelly Harrell Hand Me Down My Walking Cane / My Horses Ain't Hungry Victor US 1926 Sell This Version
Kelly Harrell - Rovin' Gambler album art Kelly Harrell Rovin' Gambler Victor US 1926 Sell This Version
40505 Kelly Harrell - I'm Going Back To North Carolina / Be At Home Soon Tonight, My Dear Boy album art Kelly Harrell Accomp. By Henry Whitter Kelly Harrell Accomp. By Henry Whitter - I'm Going Back To North Carolina / Be At Home Soon Tonight, My Dear Boy(Shellac, 10") Okeh 40505 US 1926 Sell This Version
20280 Kelly Harrell - O! Molly Dear Go Ask Your Mother / Broken Engagement album art Kelly Harrell O! Molly Dear Go Ask Your Mother / Broken Engagement(Shellac, 10") Victor 20280 US 1926 Sell This Version
20242 Kelly Harrell - Butcher's Boy / I Wish I Was A Single Girl Again album art Kelly Harrell Butcher's Boy / I Wish I Was A Single Girl Again(Shellac, 10") Victor 20242 US 1926 Sell This Version
40544 Kelly Harrell - I Was Born In Pennsylvania / Peg And Awl album art Kelly Harrell Accomp. By Henry Whitter Kelly Harrell Accomp. By Henry Whitter - I Was Born In Pennsylvania / Peg And Awl(Shellac, 10") Okeh 40544 US 1926 Sell This Version
20797 Kelly Harrell - Charles Giteau / Henry Clay Beattie album art Kelly Harrell With Virginia String Band* Kelly Harrell With Virginia String Band* - Charles Giteau / Henry Clay Beattie(Shellac, 10") Victor 20797 US 1927 Sell This Version
20535 Kelly Harrell - Bye And Bye You Will Forget Me / Beneath The Weeping Willow Tree album art Kelly Harrell Bye And Bye You Will Forget Me / Beneath The Weeping Willow Tree(Shellac, 10") Victor 20535 US 1927 Sell This Version
20935 Kelly Harrell - Row Us Over The Tide / I Have No Loving Mother Now album art Kelly Harrell - Henry Norton With Virginia String Band* Kelly Harrell - Henry Norton With Virginia String Band* - Row Us Over The Tide / I Have No Loving Mother Now(Shellac, 10") Victor 20935 US 1927 Sell This Version
20527 Kelly Harrell - Dying Hobo / Bright Sherman Valley album art Kelly Harrell Dying Hobo / Bright Sherman Valley(Shellac, 10") Victor 20527 US 1927 Sell This Version
20657 Kelly Harrell - I'm Nobody's Darling On Earth / In The Shadow Of The Pine album art Kelly Harrell With Virginia String Band* Kelly Harrell With Virginia String Band* - I'm Nobody's Darling On Earth / In The Shadow Of The Pine(Shellac, 10") Victor 20657 US 1927 Sell This Version
21069 Kelly Harrell - For Seven Long Years I've Been Married / Charley, He's A Good Old Man album art Kelly Harrell For Seven Long Years I've Been Married / Charley, He's A Good Old Man(Shellac, 10") Victor 21069 US 1928 Sell This Version
21520 Kelly Harrell - My Name Is John Johanna / My Wife, She Has Gone And Left Me album art Kelly Harrell, (Virginia String Band)* Kelly Harrell, (Virginia String Band)* - My Name Is John Johanna / My Wife, She Has Gone And Left Me(Shellac, 10") Victor 21520 US 1928 Sell This Version
V-40095 Kelly Harrell - She Just Kept Kissing On / All My Sins Are Taken Away album art Kelly Harrell She Just Kept Kissing On / All My Sins Are Taken Away(Shellac, 10") Victor V-40095 US 1929 Sell This Version
V-40047 Kelly Harrell - Oh, My Pretty Monkey / The Cuckoo, She's A Fine Bird album art Kelly Harrell Oh, My Pretty Monkey / The Cuckoo, She's A Fine Bird(Shellac, 10") Victor V-40047 US 1929 Sell This Version
M-4367 Kelly Harrell - I Like Mountain Music / Rovin' Gambler album art Masters' Hawaiians / Kelly Harrell Masters' Hawaiians / Kelly Harrell - I Like Mountain Music / Rovin' Gambler(Shellac, 10") Montgomery Ward M-4367 US Unknown Sell This Version
M-4330 Kelly Harrell - Hand Me Down My Walking Cane / The Circle Has Been Broken album art Kelly Harrell / Bud Billings Trio Kelly Harrell / Bud Billings Trio - Hand Me Down My Walking Cane / The Circle Has Been Broken(Shellac, 10") Montgomery Ward M-4330 US Unknown Sell This Version
20867 Kelly Harrell I Want A Nice Little Fellow / I Love My Sweetheart The Best(Shellac, 10") Victor 20867 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

DOCD-8027 Kelly Harrell - Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order: Volume 2 (1926-1929) album art Kelly Harrell Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order: Volume 2 (1926-1929)(CD, Comp, RM) Document Records (2) DOCD-8027 Austria 1998 Sell This Version
DOCD-8026 Kelly Harrell - Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order: Volume 1 (1925-1926) album art Kelly Harrell Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order: Volume 1 (1925-1926)(CD, Comp, RM) Document Records (2) DOCD-8026 Austria 1998 Sell This Version
JSP7743 Kelly Harrell - Worried Blues album art Frank Hutchison And Kelly Harrell , With Sessions By The Tenneva Ramblers* And The Blue Ridge Highballers* Frank Hutchison And Kelly Harrell , With Sessions By The Tenneva Ramblers* And The Blue Ridge Highballers* - Worried Blues(4xCD, Comp, RM + Box) JSP Records JSP7743 UK 2005 Sell This Version
FV 12508 Kelly Harrell - The Complete Kelly Harrell Volume 1 album art Kelly Harrell The Complete Kelly Harrell Volume 1(LP, Comp, Mono) Bear Family Records FV 12508 Germany Unknown Sell This Version

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