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Delmore Brothers

Alton Delmore (December 25, 1908 – June 8, 1964) and Rabon Delmore (December 3, 1916 – December 4, 1952), billed as The Delmore Brothers, were country music pioneer singer-songwriters and musicians who were stars of the Grand Ole Opry in the 1930s. The Delmore Brothers, together with other brother duos such as the Louvin Brothers, the Blue Sky Boys, the Monroe Brothers (Birch Monroe, Charlie Monroe and Bill Monroe), the McGee Brothers, and The Stanley Brothers, had a profound impact on the history of country music and American popular music. The duo performed extensively with Arthur Smith as the Arthur Smith Trio throughout the 1930s.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1926, Died 1952

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1931 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: Vocal group, composer, lyricist, arranger

Notes: Alton and Rabon Delmore.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-77218 10-in. 12/6/1933 I ain't got nowehere to travel Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars Vocal group, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-77219 10-in. 12/6/1933 Ramblin' minded blues Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars Vocal group, lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-77220 10-in. 12/6/1933 Smoky Mountain Bill and his song Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars Vocal group, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-77221 10-in. 12/6/1933 Gonna lay down my old guitar Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars Vocal group, composer  
Victor BS-77222 10-in. 12/6/1933 Lonesome yodel blues Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars Vocal group, composer  
Victor BS-77223 10-in. 12/6/1933 I ain't gonna stay here long Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars Vocal group, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-77224 10-in. 12/6/1933 Brown's Ferry blues Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars Vocal group  
Victor BS-77225 10-in. 12/6/1933 I'm Mississippi bound Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars Vocal group, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-77226 10-in. 12/6/1933 I'm going back to Alabama Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars Vocal group, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-77227 10-in. 12/6/1933 I'm leaving you Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars Vocal group, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-77228 10-in. 12/6/1933 I've got the big river blues Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars Vocal group, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-77229 10-in. 12/6/1933 The girls don't worry my mind Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars Vocal group, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-77252 10-in. 12/7/1933 Bury me out on the prairie Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars Vocal group  
Victor BS-77253 10-in. 12/7/1933 The frozen girl Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars Vocal group, arranger  
Victor BS-77254 10-in. 12/7/1933 Lonesome jailhouse blues Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars Vocal group, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-77255 10-in. 12/7/1933 Blue railroad train Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars Vocal group, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-77256 10-in. 12/7/1933 By the banks of the Rio Grande Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars Vocal group, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-87660 10-in. 1/22/1935 Don't let me be in the way Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BVE-87661 10-in. 1/22/1935 When it's summertime in a southern clime Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BVE-87662 10-in. 1/22/1935 Hey! Hey! I'm Memphis bound Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar, tenor guitar, and yodeling Vocal group  
Victor BVE-87663 10-in. 1/22/1935 I guess I've got to be goin' Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar, tenor guitar, and yodeling Vocal group  
Victor BVE-87664 10-in. 1/22/1935 Blow yo' whistle, freight train Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar, tenor guitar, and yodeling Vocal group  
Victor BVE-87665 10-in. 1/22/1935 Down South Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar, tenor guitar, and yodeling Vocal group  
Victor BVE-87666 10-in. 1/22/1935 Brown's Ferry blues, part 2 Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BVE-87667 10-in. 1/22/1935 I've got the Kansas City blues Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BVE-87668 10-in. 1/22/1935 I know I'll be happy in heaven Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BVE-87669 10-in. 1/22/1935 Keep the camp fires burning Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BVE-87670 10-in. 1/22/1935 Alabama lullaby Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BVE-87671 10-in. 1/22/1935 The fugitive's lament Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BVE-87672 10-in. 1/22/1935 I believe it for my mother told me so Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BVE-87673 10-in. 1/22/1935 I'm going away Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BVE-87674 10-in. 1/22/1935 I long to see my mother Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BVE-87675 10-in. 1/22/1935 Lorena, the slave Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-99171 10-in. 2/17/1936 The Nashville blues Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-99172 10-in. 2/17/1936 The lover's warning Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar, tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-99173 10-in. 2/17/1936 I'm worried now Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-99174 10-in. 2/17/1936 Take away this lonesome day Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-99175 10-in. 2/17/1936 Promise me you'll always be faithful Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-99176 10-in. 2/17/1936 Don't you see that train Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar, tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-99177 10-in. 2/17/1936 It's taking me down Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-99178 10-in. 2/17/1936 That yodelin' gal, Miss Julie Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar, tenor guitar, and yodeling Vocal group  
Victor BS-99179 10-in. 2/17/1936 I'm gonna change my way Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-99180 10-in. 2/17/1936 Gambler's yodel Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar, tenor guitar, and yodeling Vocal group  
Victor BS-99181 10-in. 2/17/1936 Happy Hickey—the hobo Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar, tenor guitar, and yodeling Vocal group  
Victor BS-99182 10-in. 2/17/1936 Lonesome yodel blues no. 2 Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar, tenor guitar, and yodeling Vocal group  
Victor BS-99183 10-in. 2/17/1936 Put me on the trail to Carolina Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with fiddle (violin), guitar, and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-99184 10-in. 2/17/1936 Carry me back to Alabama Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with fiddle (violin), guitar, and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-99185 10-in. 2/17/1936 My Smokey Mountain gal Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with fiddle (violin), guitar, and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-99186 10-in. 2/17/1936 Take me back to the range Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with fiddle (violin), guitar, and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-07087 10-in. 2/17/1937 No drunkard can enter there Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitars Vocal group  
Victor BS-07088 10-in. 2/17/1937 Southern moon Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and yodeling Vocal group  
Victor BS-07089 10-in. 2/17/1937 False hearted girl Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitars Vocal group  
Victor BS-07090 10-in. 2/17/1937 The budded rose Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with instrumental trio Vocal group  
Victor BS-07091 10-in. 2/17/1937 Blind child Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitars Vocal group  
Victor BS-07092 10-in. 2/17/1937 Are you marching with the Saviour? Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitars Vocal group  
Victor BS-07093 10-in. 2/17/1937 I don't know why I love her Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitars Vocal group  
Victor BS-07094 10-in. 2/17/1937 Don't forget me, darling Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitars Vocal group  
Victor BS-07116 10-in. 2/17/1937 Memories of my Carolina girl Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitars Vocal group  
Victor BS-07117 10-in. 2/17/1937 No one Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitars Vocal group  
Victor BS-011885 10-in. 8/3/1937 Lead me Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-011886 10-in. 8/3/1937 Need the prayers Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-011887 10-in. 8/3/1937 I've got the railroad blues Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar, tenor guitar, and yodeling Vocal group  
Victor BS-011888 10-in. 8/3/1937 The weary lonesome blues Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar, tenor guitar, and yodeling Vocal group  
Victor BS-011889 10-in. 8/3/1937 Heavenly light is shining on me Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-011890 10-in. 8/3/1937 Wonderful there Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-011891 10-in. 8/3/1937 The farmer's girl Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-011892 10-in. 8/3/1937 Singing my troubles away Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-011893 10-in. 8/3/1937 They say it is sinful to flirt Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-011894 10-in. 8/3/1937 Till the roses bloom again Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-011895 10-in. 8/3/1937 When we held our hymn books together Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-011896 10-in. 8/3/1937 Hi-de-ho baby mine Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with string band Vocal group  
Victor BS-011897 10-in. 8/3/1937 Look up, look down the lonesome road Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with string band Vocal group  
Victor BS-018713 10-in. 1/25/1938 Ain't it hard to love Delmore Brothers Male vocal solo, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-018714 10-in. 1/25/1938 Bury me under the weeping willow Delmore Brothers Male vocal solo, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-018715 10-in. 1/25/1938 Brother take warning Delmore Brothers Male vocal solo, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-018716 10-in. 1/25/1938 Alcatraz Island clues Delmore Brothers Male vocal solo, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-018717 10-in. 1/25/1938 Goodbye booze Delmore Brothers Male vocal solo, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-018718 10-in. 1/25/1938 There's a lonesome road Delmore Brothers Male vocal solo, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-018754 10-in. 1/26/1938 'Cause I don't mean to cry when you're gone Delmore Brothers Male vocal solo, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-018755 10-in. 1/26/1938 Careless love (Bring my baby back) Delmore Brothers Male vocal solo, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-018756 10-in. 1/26/1938 In that vine covered chapel in the valley Delmore Brothers Male vocal solo, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-018757 10-in. 1/26/1938 Big ball in Texas Delmore Brothers Male vocal solo, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-027642 10-in. 9/29/1938 Leavin' on that train Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with 3 guitars and string bass Vocal group  
Victor BS-027643 10-in. 9/29/1938 The cannon ball Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with violin, 3 guitars, and string bass Vocal group  
Victor BS-027644 10-in. 9/29/1938 My home's across the Blue Ridge Mountains Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with 3 guitars and string bass Vocal group  
Victor BS-027645 10-in. 9/29/1938 Fifteen miles from Birmingham Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with violin, 3 guitars, and string bass Vocal group  
Victor BS-027646 10-in. 9/29/1938 I'm Alabama bound Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with fiddle (violin), 3 guitars, and string bass Vocal group  
Victor BS-027647 10-in. 9/29/1938 Nothing but the blues Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with fiddle (violin), 3 guitars, and string bass Vocal group  
Victor BS-027648 10-in. 9/29/1938 Some of these days you're gonna be sad Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with violin, 3 guitars, and string bass Vocal group  
Victor BS-027649 10-in. 9/29/1938 Where is my sailor boy? Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with 3 guitars and string bass Vocal group  
Victor BS-027671 10-in. 9/29/1938 Heart of sorrow Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with 3 guitars and string bass Vocal group  
Victor BS-027672 10-in. 9/29/1938 Quit treatin' me mean Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with violin, 3 guitars, and string bass Vocal group  
Victor BS-027673 10-in. 9/29/1938 Just the same sweet thing to me Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with 3 guitars and string bass Vocal group  
Victor BS-027674 10-in. 9/29/1938 The only star Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with 3 guitars and string bass Vocal group  
Victor BS-027675 10-in. 9/29/1938 A better range is home Delmore Brothers Male vocal trio, with 3 guitars and string bass Vocal group  
Victor BS-027676 10-in. 9/29/1938 Git along Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with violin, 3 guitars, and string bass Vocal group  
Victor BS-032669 10-in. 2/5/1939 Don't let my ramblin' bother your mind Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble Vocal group  
Victor BS-032670 10-in. 2/5/1939 Baby you're throwing me down Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble Vocal group  
Victor BS-032671 10-in. 2/5/1939 Gonna lay down my old guitar, part 2 Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble Vocal group  
Victor BS-032672 10-in. 2/5/1939 Brown's ferry blues, part 3 Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble Vocal group  
Victor BS-032673 10-in. 2/5/1939 I loved you better than you knew Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble Vocal group  
Victor BS-032674 10-in. 2/5/1939 Goin' back to Georgia Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble Vocal group  
Victor BS-032675 10-in. 2/5/1939 Home on the river Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble Vocal group  
Victor BS-032676 10-in. 2/5/1939 Gambler's yodel Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble Vocal group  
Victor BS-032677 10-in. 2/5/1939 Wabash blues Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble Vocal group  
Victor BS-032678 10-in. 2/5/1939 Go easy, Mabel Delmore Brothers ; Smiley O'Brien Male vocal trio, with instrumental ensemble Vocal group  
Victor BS-047551 10-in. 2/6/1940 The Wabash Cannon-Ball blues Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar, tenor guitar, and electric steel guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-047552 10-in. 2/6/1940 Over the hills Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar, tenor guitar, and electric steel guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-047553 10-in. 2/6/1940 The dying truckdriver Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar, tenor guitar, and electric steel guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-047554 10-in. 2/6/1940 Scatterbrain mama Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar, tenor guitar, and electric steel guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-047555 10-in. 2/6/1940 Happy on the Mississippi shore Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-047556 10-in. 2/6/1940 That's how I feel, so goodbye Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-047557 10-in. 2/6/1940 Rainin' on the mountain Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-047558 10-in. 2/6/1940 See that coon in a hickory tree Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-047559 10-in. 2/6/1940 The storms are on the ocean Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-047560 10-in. 2/6/1940 Back to Birmingham Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-047561 10-in. 2/6/1940 The Eastern Gate Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Victor BS-047562 10-in. 2/6/1940 God put a rainbow in the clouds Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with guitar and tenor guitar Vocal group  
Columbia W151976 10-in. 10/28/1931 Got the Kansas City blues Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars Vocal group  
Columbia W151977 10-in. 10/28/1931 Alabama lullaby Delmore Brothers Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars Vocal group  
Decca 68069 10-in. 9/11/1940 There's trouble on my mind today Delmore Brothers Vocal group  
Decca 68070 10-in. 9/11/1940 Silver dollar Delmore Brothers Vocal group  
Decca 68071 10-in. 9/11/1940 Old mountain dew Delmore Brothers Vocal group  
Decca 68072 10-in. 9/11/1940 In the blue hills of Virginia Delmore Brothers Vocal group  
Decca 68073 10-in. 9/11/1940 Make room in the lifeboat for me Delmore Brothers Vocal group  
Decca 68074 10-in. 9/11/1940 When it's time for the whip-poor-will to sing Delmore Brothers Vocal group  
Decca 68075 10-in. 9/11/1940 Will you be lonesome too? Delmore Brothers Vocal group  
Decca 68076 10-in. 9/11/1940 Broken hearted lover Delmore Brothers Vocal group  
Decca 68077 10-in. 9/11/1940 She won't be my little darlin' Delmore Brothers Vocal group  
Decca 68078 10-in. 9/11/1940 Gathering flowers from the hillside Delmore Brothers Vocal group  
Decca 69508 10-in. 7/16/1941 I now have a bugle to play Delmore Brothers Vocal group  
Decca 69509 10-in. 7/16/1941 Last night I was your only darling Delmore Brothers Vocal group  
Decca 69510 10-in. 7/16/1941 Baby girl Delmore Brothers Vocal group  
Decca 69511 10-in. 7/16/1941 New false hearted girl Delmore Brothers Vocal group  
Decca 69512 10-in. 7/16/1941 I wonder where my darling is tonight Delmore Brothers Vocal group  
Decca 69513 10-in. 7/16/1941 Precious jewel Delmore Brothers Vocal group  
Decca 69514 10-in. 7/16/1941 Gospel cannonball Delmore Brothers Vocal group  
Decca 69515 10-in. 7/16/1941 I'll never fall in love again Delmore Brothers Vocal group  
Decca 69516 10-in. 7/16/1941 Honey I'm ramblin' away Delmore Brothers Vocal group  
Decca 69517 10-in. 7/16/1941 I'm leavin' you Delmore Brothers Vocal group  
Decca 69518 10-in. 7/16/1941 You ain't got nothin' I can't do without you Delmore Brothers Vocal group  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Delmore Brothers," accessed February 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106046.

Delmore Brothers. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106046.

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