The McGee Brothers were an American old-time performing duo of brothers Sam McGee (b. Samuel Fleming McGee, May 1, 1894, d. August 28, 1975) and Kirk McGee (b. David Kirkland McGee, November 4, 1899, d. October 24, 1983). Sam typically played guitar and Kirk usually played banjo or fiddle, although they were both proficient in multiple string instruments. The McGee Brothers were one of the most enduring acts on the Grand Ole Opry during the show's first fifty years. They made their initial appearance on the Opry in 1926 and the following year joined Uncle Dave Macon's band, the Fruit Jar Drinkers. In the 1930s, the McGees teamed up with early Opry fiddler Arthur Smith to form a string band known as the "Dixieliners," and in the 1940s they played and toured with Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys and several other notable acts.
The McGee Brothers saw a brief resurgence during the folk revival of the 1950s and 1960s, when folk artist Mike Seeger managed to reunite them with Arthur Smith. The brothers made their last major appearance as a duo on the Opry in 1974, although Kirk continued to appear regularly on the program until his death in 1983.
Birth and Death Data: Born 1925, Died 1975
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927
Roles Represented in DAHR: Musical group
See Also: Dixie Sacred Singers
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Brunswick||E4973-E4974||10-in.||5/10/1927||Poor old Dad||Uncle Dave Macon ; McGee Brothers||Male vocal trio, with instrumental quartet||Musical group|
|Brunswick||E5018-E5019||10-in.||5/11/1927||A flower from my angel mother’s grave||McGee Brothers||Male vocal solo, with guitar and mandolin||Musical group|
|Brunswick||E5020-E5021||10-in.||5/11/1927||C-H-I-C-K-E-N spells chicken||McGee Brothers||Male vocal duet, with fiddle (violin) and guitar||Musical group|
|Brunswick||E5022-E5023||10-in.||5/11/1927||Salty dog blues||McGee Brothers||Male vocal duet, with fiddle (violin) and guitar||Musical group|
|Brunswick||E5024-E5025||10-in.||5/11/1927||Salt Lake City blues||McGee Brothers||Male vocal duet, with fiddle (violin) and guitar||Musical group|
|Brunswick||E5028-E5029||10-in.||5/11/1927||Ragged Jim||McGee Brothers||Male vocal solo, with guitar and mandolin||Musical group|
|Brunswick||E5030-E5031||10-in.||5/11/1927||Someone else may be there while I’m gone||McGee Brothers||Male vocal solo, with fiddle (violin) and guitar||Musical group|
|Brunswick||E5032-E5033||10-in.||5/11/1927||Hannah won’t you open the door||McGee Brothers||Male vocal solo, with banjo and guitar||Musical group|
|Brunswick||E5034-E5035||10-in.||5/11/1927||My family has been a crooked set||McGee Brothers||Male vocal solo, with banjo and guitar||Musical group|
|Brunswick||E5036-E5037||10-in.||5/11/1927||The tramp||McGee Brothers||Male vocal solo, with guitar and mandolin||Musical group|
|Brunswick||E5038-E5039||10-in.||5/11/1927||You’ve been a friend to me||Uncle Dave Macon ; McGee Brothers||Male vocal solo, with male vocal duet and banjo||Musical group|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "McGee Brothers," accessed August 2, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111249.
McGee Brothers. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 2, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111249.
"McGee Brothers." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 2 August 2021.
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