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Rose Maddox

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Roselea Arbana “Rose” Brogdon (August 15, 1925 in Boaz, Alabama - April 15, 1998 in Ashland, Oregon) was an American country singer/songwriter/fiddle player. She is referred to as “The Original Hillbilly Filly” and “The Grandmother of Rockabilly”.

Maddox was the singer in the Maddox Brothers and Rose, often considered to be “the greatest hillbilly band of all time”. In 1996 she was nominated for a Grammy award for her Arhoolie recording $35 and a Dream. Her life story and that of the band were told in the biography, Ramblin’ Rose: The Life and Career of Rose Maddox by Jonny Whiteside. ISBN 0-8265-1269-0.

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Maddox Brothers & Rose

* America’s Most Colorful Hillbilly Band v.1 (Arhoolie Records, 1976/1993)
* America’s Most Colorful Hillbilly Band v.2 (Arhoolie, 1995)
* On The Air (Arhoolie, 1983/1996)
* Live On The Radio (1996)
* The Hillbilly Boogie Years (Rockateer, 1996)
* A Collection of Standard Sacred Songs (King, 1956)
* The Most Colorful Hillbilly Band in America (Bear Family, 1998)

Solo/Compilations

* Precious Memories (Columbia, 1958)
* The One Rose (Capitol, 1960)
* Glorybound Train (Capitol, 1961)
* A Big Bouquet of Roses (Capitol, 1961)
* Rose Maddox Sings Bluegrass (Capitol, 1962/1996)
* Alone with You (Capitol, 1963)
* Rosie (Starday, 1970)
* Reckless Love & Bold Adventure (Takoma, 1977)
* Rose of the West Coast Country (Arhoolie, 1980)
* This is Rose Maddox (Arhoolie, 1982)
* A Beautiful Bouquet (Arhoolie, 1983)
* Queen of the West (Varrick, 1986)
* California Rose (See for Miles, 1989)

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  • BedfordFalls2

    Simply one of the greatest singers ever!

    11 Aug 2010 Reply
  • jjackson13

    So awesome and LOUD - more or less invented rockabilly well before Elvis. Not nearly as well known as she should be.

    31 May 2009 Reply

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