Bradley Kincaid

William Bradley Kincaid (July 13, 1895 – September 23, 1989) was an American folk singer and radio entertainer.

He was born in Point Leavell, Garrard County, Kentucky but built a music career in the northern states. His debut radio performance came in 1926 on the National Barn Dance show on WLS-AM in Chicago, Illinois. A prolific composer of folk and country music tunes, the first edition of his 1928 songbook called My Favorite Mountain Ballads sold more than 100,000 copies; later editions brought the total to 400,000. He recorded on Gennett Records.

In 1935 he was working at WBZ-AM in Boston, Massachusetts where he performed with a band that included young singer and banjo player Marshall Jones. Kincaid teased the 22-year-old fellow Kentuckian for always being grumpy when he came to the studio to do the early morning broadcast, nicknaming him "Grandpa" Jones. The moniker became permanent for the future Grand Ole Opry star.

Kincaid moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1945 where he too became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

In 1971, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

In 1988, the then-93-year-old Kincaid was involved in an automobile accident and sustained injuries from which he never fully recovered. He died in 1989 at the age of 94 in Springfield, Ohio and was interred there in the Ferncliff Cemetery.

Old Homestead Records released several volumes of Kincaid's mountain ballads, hymns, and old-time songs.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 13th, 1895, Died September 23rd, 1989 (Springfield)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1930 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, guitar, composer, lyricist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 46 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-77659 10-in. 9/14/1933 Some little bug is goin' to get you some day Bradley Kincaid Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-77660 10-in. 9/14/1933 Long, long ago Bradley Kincaid Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-77661 10-in. 9/14/1933 The first whippoorwill song Bradley Kincaid Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-77662 10-in. 9/14/1933 Two little orphans Bradley Kincaid Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-77663 10-in. 9/14/1933 In the little shirt that mother made for me Bradley Kincaid Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-77664 10-in. 9/14/1933 Three wishes Bradley Kincaid Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-77665 10-in. 9/14/1933 Mammy's precious baby Bradley Kincaid Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-77666 10-in. 9/14/1933 Sweet Betsy from Pike Bradley Kincaid Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-77667 10-in. 9/14/1933 The house carpenter Bradley Kincaid Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-77668 10-in. 9/14/1933 Dog and gun Bradley Kincaid Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-77669 10-in. 9/14/1933 The old wooden rocker Bradley Kincaid Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-77670 10-in. 9/14/1933 My mother's beautiful hand Bradley Kincaid Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-81383 10-in. 2/14/1934 Somebody's waiting for you Bradley Kincaid Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-81384 10-in. 2/14/1934 Letter edged in black Bradley Kincaid Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-81385 10-in. 2/14/1934 Little rosewood casket Bradley Kincaid Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-81386 10-in. 2/14/1934 The ship that never returned Bradley Kincaid Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-81387 10-in. 2/14/1934 Jimmie Rodgers' life Bradley Kincaid Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-81388 10-in. 2/14/1934 The death of Jimmie Rodgers Bradley Kincaid Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-81389 10-in. 2/14/1934 Mrs. Jimmie Rodgers' lament Bradley Kincaid Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-81390 10-in. 2/14/1934 Life is like a mountain railroad Bradley Kincaid Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-81391 10-in. 2/14/1934 Little Joe Bradley Kincaid Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-81392 10-in. 2/14/1934 The blind girl Bradley Kincaid Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-81393 10-in. 2/14/1934 I'll take you home again, Kathleen Bradley Kincaid Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-81394 10-in. 2/14/1934 Zeb Tourney's gal Bradley Kincaid Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-82388 10-in. 5/7/1934 The death of Jimmie Rodgers Bradley Kincaid Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
(Results 1-25 of 46 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kincaid, Bradley," accessed November 28, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104505.

Kincaid, Bradley. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 28, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104505.

"Kincaid, Bradley." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 28 November 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104505

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