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Jimmy Martin

Real Name:James Henry Martin
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American bluegrass musician & singer, born August 10, 1927 in Sneedville, Tennessee and died May 14, 2005 in Nashville, Tennessee. Father of Ray Martin (10). Bluegrass lead singer and rhythm guitar player of his Sunny Mountain Boys. Born and reared in Tennessee, worked for Smokey Ward at WPFB in Middletown, early in his career. Sang lead in Smokey’s Corny Four Quartet. Lead singer for The Blue Grass Boys during several tours of duty over four pivotal years in Bill Monroe’s career in the early 1950s. Worked and recorded on King with Bob Osborne, and on RCA with the Osborne Brothers, before forming his own band in 1955 and securing a contract with Decca Records. He had several Billboard chart records, the highest charting being “Rock Hearts” at #14. He was a member of the WWVA Jamboree and the KWKH Louisiana Hayride, and in 1995 was elected to the IBMA Bluegrass Hall of Fame.

Sites:All Music , Wikipedia , cindaybluegrass.wikidot.com , musicianguide.com , cmt.com , MySpace , adp.library.ucsb.edu , adp.library.ucsb.edu
In Groups:Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, Jimmy Martin And His Band
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