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The Maddox Brothers & Rose

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The Maddox Brothers and Rose are known as “America’s Most Colorful Hillbilly Band”, and were based in California from the 1930s to the 1950s. The group consisted of four brothers, Fred, Cal, Cliff and Don Maddox with their sister Rose. Cliff died in 1949 and was replaced by brother Henry.

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The family hailed from Boaz, Alabama, but rode the rails and hitch hiked to California in 1933 when the band members were still children, following the failed efforts of their sharecropper parents during the early part of the Depression. They were a little in advance of the flood of Okies who were to flood the state in the 30s. They struggled to make a living as intinerant fruit and vegetable pickers following the harvest as far north as Washington state, and as far east as Arizona, as well as in the San Joaquin Valley. They often worked from dawn to dusk, sleeping and eating on the ground.

Having settled in Modesto, the family developed their musical ability and, in 1937 performed on the radio, sponsored by a local furniture store. From 1946-1951 the group recorded for 4 Star Records (Hollywood), then for Columbia Records. Some 4 Star masters were leased and released by US.-Decca Records at the beginning of the 1950s. The following quotes are from Rose Maddox. “We were called hillbilly singers - not country - then. No, none of this country music then. People just called us hillbilly… People tell me that I was one of the first women to sing what I sang - country boogie. I guess I was.

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  • L57NT

    Quintessential country music.

    10 Nov 2012 Reply
  • ikswoklo

    These guys were as good as Bob Wills but didn'thave all of Wills great songs. Mostly they covered other peoples material that sometime became hits for them. It is a shame that they are almost forgotten by country music lovers today.

    6 Nov 2011 Reply
  • an0n3m0us3

    GREAT music! Very fun, very enjoyable. Rose is lovable and her brothers are having a BLAST making this music.

    17 May 2008 Reply

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