Shelly Lee Alley

Shelly Lee Alley (July 6, 1894 – June 1, 1964) was an American singer, musician, songwriter and western swing bandleader. As a songwriter, Alley wrote "Travelin' Blues" for Jimmie Rodgers, a song which has been recorded by over 20 artists, including Merle Haggard and Ernest Tubb. He is a member of the Western Swing Hall of Fame. He is considered one of Texas' best bandleaders of the 1930s and 1940s and a pioneer of western swing music.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1894 (Alleyton), Died 1964 (Houston)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1931 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, leader, songwriter, violin

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-58971 10-in. 8/16/1932 Gambling barroom blues Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with violin, banjo, and guitar songwriter  
Victor BVE-67134 10-in. 1/31/1931 Travellin' blues Jimmie Rodgers Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, violin, songwriter  
Victor BS-047664 10-in. 2/12/1940 I'll take you back again Bill Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers String band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-063046 10-in. 4/7/1941 Answer to "My precious darlin'" Lonesome Buddy Male vocal solo, with guitar composer  
Victor BS-063047 10-in. 4/7/1941 Your heart has turned to stone Lonesome Buddy Male vocal solo, with guitar composer  
Victor BS-071142 10-in. 10/9/1941 Answer to "My precious darling" Alley Cats String band, with vocal composer, leader  
Victor BS-071143 10-in. 10/9/1941 Beer joint blues Alley Cats String band, with vocal composer, leader  
Victor BS-071144 10-in. 10/9/1941 The big house blues Alley Cats String band, with vocal composer, leader  
Victor BS-071145 10-in. 10/9/1941 Why are you blue? Alley Cats String band, with vocal ensemble composer, leader  
Victor BS-071146 10-in. 10/9/1941 My love Alley Cats String band, with vocal composer, leader  
Victor BS-071147 10-in. 10/9/1941 Sweetheart of mine Alley Cats String band, with vocal composer, leader  
Columbia RHCO4336 10-in. 11/14/1950 Why are you blue Margie Collie ; Biff Collie Mixed vocal duet, with string band songwriter  
Columbia CCO4646 10-in. 9/27/1946 Travelling blues Curly Fox and his Fox Hunters ; Texas Ruby String band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia CO46355 10-in. 6/1/1951 Travellin' blues Lefty Frizzell Male vocal solo, with string band songwriter  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Alley, Shelly Lee," accessed July 25, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108394.

Alley, Shelly Lee. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 25, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108394.

"Alley, Shelly Lee." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 25 July 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108394

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