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Thread #105463   Message #2170553
Posted By: GUEST,Richie
13-Oct-07 - 07:38 PM
Thread Name: Delmore Brothers Questions
Subject: Delmore Bothers Questions

I've got a couple questions about the Delmore Brothers that I don't understand:

At this link and other places it lists the Delmores hit song as "There's More Pretty Girls Than One" as:

There's More Pretty Girls Than One
Writers: Alton Delmore, W. Smith
Artists: Delmore Brothers, Hylo Brown

I don't think the Delmores even recorded it. Anyway does someone know when they recorded it and what label it's on.

This quote by Bill C. Malone seemed interesting but now I don't get it:
[In contrast to most of the string bands of the period, the Delmore Brothers featured guitars (the six-string and tenor) as lead instruments. In many of their novelty and rhythm tunes they used a ragtime guitar technique similar to that of the Negro blues performer Blind Boy Fuller -- an eight-to-the-bar progression heard in such songs as "Step It Up And Go" and "Don't Let The Deal Go Down." Bill C. Malone: The Country Music Encyclopedia, London, 1977, p. 59]

As far as I know The Delmores never recorded either song. I'm not sure what the Charlie Poole song "Don't Let Your Deal" has to do with Fuller or the Delmores. Neither song is an eight bar progression. Although the Delmores were good guitarists, many of their licks were played by session vituosos especially the King recordings.

Does this quote work for you?

I can't find any record of the date they started playing on WLW Cincinnati but I figure it's 1942. Is their any account with the date?
Also I'd like the date the Browns Ferry Four started which must be 1942-43 but most places give 1944. Anyone?

I have Alton's "Truth Is Stranger Than Publicity" which his lacking these answers.

I'm especially curious about Alton's claim that he started (helped to start) King Records. There's almost no mention on-line of the Delmores in the King history. Maybe it's something Syd Nathan wants to cover up. Anyone know about this?