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Frank Proffitt (June 1, 1913 – November 24, 1965) was an Appalachian old time banjoist and performer at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival. He was a key figure in inspiring musicians of the 1960s and 1970s to play the banjo. He recorded the ballad "Tom Dooley" for Alan Lomax on one of his (Lomax's) song collecting trips.

Frank was born in Laurel Bloomery, Tennessee and was raised in the Reese area of North Carolina where he worked in a variety of… read more

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