The Delmore Brothers

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The Delmore Brothers were an American vocal and instrumental (fiddle, guitar) duo, consisting of brothers Alton and Rabon Delmore. Rabon played the four string tenor guitar and in most cases sang the harmony. Alton played the standard six string Spanish guitar and sang lead. On occasion, they would switch parts to get a better blend.

Their career started when they auditioned for Columbia in 1931, which led to their first record for the label. Soon after, they were signed by the Grand Ole Opry. Their radio debut was on the Nashville program in 1932. From the late 1930's and throughout the 1940's, the brothers appeared on many other stations as well.

In the 1940's and 1950's, they were represented on King Records (3). Their output included such songs as "Blues Stay Away From Me," "Prisoner's Farewell," "Midnight Special" and "Pan American Boogie," among others.

In 1952 Rabon died of lung cancer, after which Alton suffered a heart attack, the loss of his father and his daughter Susan, all within a three-year period. He moved back in Huntsville, Alabama. He taught some guitar, did odd jobs, and wrote prose. His autobiography, "Truth is Stranger than Publicity", was published posthumously in the 1970s.

The Delmore Brothers were inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. Their contribution to the genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
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Albums

CCD 299 The Delmore Brothers - Good Time Saturday Night album art The Delmore Brothers Good Time Saturday Night(CD, Album) Cattle Compact CCD 299 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
PMR 299 The Delmore Brothers - Great Gospel Songs album art The Delmore Brothers Great Gospel Songs(LP) Pine Mountain Records PMR 299 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

15724-D The Delmore Brothers - Got The Kansas City Blues / Alabama Lullaby album art Delmore Brothers* Got The Kansas City Blues / Alabama Lullaby(Shellac, 10") Columbia 15724-D US 1931 Sell This Version
B-5299 The Delmore Brothers - Lonesome Yodel Blues / Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar album art Delmore Brothers* Lonesome Yodel Blues / Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-5299 US 1933 Sell This Version
The Delmore Brothers - Brown's Ferry Blues / A New Salty Dog album art Delmore Brothers* / Allen Brothers* Delmore Brothers* / Allen Brothers* - Brown's Ferry Blues / A New Salty Dog Bluebird (3) US 1934 Sell This Version
The Delmore Brothers - The Frozen Girl / Bury Me Out On The Prairie album art Delmore Brothers* The Frozen Girl / Bury Me Out On The Prairie Bluebird (3) US 1934 Sell This Version
B-5589 The Delmore Brothers - The Girls Don't Worry My Mind / Smoky Mountain Bill And His Song album art Delmore Brothers* The Girls Don't Worry My Mind / Smoky Mountain Bill And His Song(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-5589 US 1934 Sell This Version
B-5653 The Delmore Brothers - I'm Mississippi Bound / I Ain't Gonna Stay Here Long album art Delmore Brothers* I'm Mississippi Bound / I Ain't Gonna Stay Here Long(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-5653 US 1934 Sell This Version
B-5467 The Delmore Brothers - I Ain't Got Nowhere To Travel / Ramblin' Minded Blues album art Delmore Brothers* I Ain't Got Nowhere To Travel / Ramblin' Minded Blues(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-5467 US 1934 Sell This Version
B-5358 The Delmore Brothers - I'm Leaving You / I'm Going Back To Alabama album art Delmore Brothers* I'm Leaving You / I'm Going Back To Alabama(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-5358 US 1934 Sell This Version
M-4553 The Delmore Brothers - Hey! Hey! I'm Memphis Bound / Brown's Ferry Blues - Part 2 album art Delmore Brothers* Hey! Hey! I'm Memphis Bound / Brown's Ferry Blues - Part 2(Shellac, 10") Montgomery Ward M-4553 US 1935 Sell This Version
B-5893 The Delmore Brothers - Brown's Ferry Blues - Part 2 / I'm Going Away album art Delmore Brothers* Brown's Ferry Blues - Part 2 / I'm Going Away(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-5893 US 1935 Sell This Version
M-4552 The Delmore Brothers - I Believe It For My Mother Told Me So / I Long To See My Mother album art Delmore Brothers* I Believe It For My Mother Told Me So / I Long To See My Mother(Shellac, 10") Montgomery Ward M-4552 US 1935 Sell This Version
B-5957 The Delmore Brothers - When It's Summertime In A Southern Clime / I Long To See My Mother album art Delmore Brothers* When It's Summertime In A Southern Clime / I Long To See My Mother(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-5957 US 1935 Sell This Version
B-5925 The Delmore Brothers - Blow Yo' Whistle, Freight Train / Lorena, The Slave album art Delmore Brothers* Blow Yo' Whistle, Freight Train / Lorena, The Slave(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-5925 Canada 1935 Sell This Version
B-6019 The Delmore Brothers - Keep The Camp Fires Burning / The Fugitive's Lament album art Delmore Brothers* Keep The Camp Fires Burning / The Fugitive's Lament(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-6019 US 1935 Sell This Version
B-6120 The Delmore Brothers - Don't Let Me Be In The Way / I Know I'll Be Happy In Heaven album art Delmore Brothers* Don't Let Me Be In The Way / I Know I'll Be Happy In Heaven(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-6120 US 1935 Sell This Version
B-6522 The Delmore Brothers - Don't You See That Train / The Lovers Warning album art Delmore Brothers* Don't You See That Train / The Lovers Warning(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-6522 US 1936 Sell This Version
The Delmore Brothers - No Drunkard Can Enter There / Blind Child album art Delmore Brothers* No Drunkard Can Enter There / Blind Child Bluebird (3) US 1937 Sell This Version
The Delmore Brothers - Southern Moon / I Don't Know Why I Love Her album art Delmore Brothers* Southern Moon / I Don't Know Why I Love Her Bluebird (3) US 1937 Sell This Version
B-6949 The Delmore Brothers - False Hearted Girl / Memories Of My Carolina Girl album art Delmore Brothers* False Hearted Girl / Memories Of My Carolina Girl(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-6949 US 1937 Sell This Version
B-7192 The Delmore Brothers - When We Held Our Hymn Books Together / They Say It Is Sinful To Flirt album art Delmore Brothers* When We Held Our Hymn Books Together / They Say It Is Sinful To Flirt(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-7192 US 1937 Sell This Version
M-7322 The Delmore Brothers - When We Held Our Hymn Books Together / Look Up, Look Down The Lonesome Road album art Delmore Brothers* When We Held Our Hymn Books Together / Look Up, Look Down The Lonesome Road(Shellac, 10") Montgomery Ward M-7322 US 1937 Sell This Version
B-7262 The Delmore Brothers - Till The Roses Bloom Again / The Budded Rose album art Delmore Brothers* Till The Roses Bloom Again / The Budded Rose(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-7262 US 1937 Sell This Version
M-7317 The Delmore Brothers - Heavenly Light Is Shining On Me / Wonderful There album art Delmore Brothers* Heavenly Light Is Shining On Me / Wonderful There(Shellac, 10") Montgomery Ward M-7317 US 1937 Sell This Version