Gwen Foster

Gwin Stanley Foster (December 25, 1903 – November 25, 1954), also known as Gwen or Gwyn, was an old-time/country harmonica and guitar player who was known for work in The Carolina Tar Heels and the Blue Ridge Mountain Entertainers.

He was born in Caldwell, North Carolina, and died in Gastonia, North Carolina, the son of Joe Foster and Myra Elizabeth (nee Day). He worked in the textile mills, where he met banjoist Coble "Dock" Walsh, and they formed the band.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 25, 1903, Died November 25, 1954 (Gastonia)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1921 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: harmonica, guitar, vocalist, composer, songwriter, arranger, yodeling, whistling

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-37927 10-in. 2/19/1927 There ain't no use working so hard Carolina Tar Heels Vocal and instrumental duet instrumentalist, guitar, harmonica, vocalist, arranger  
Victor BVE-37928 10-in. 2/19/1927 Her name was Hula Lou Carolina Tar Heels Vocal and instrumental duet instrumentalist, guitar, harmonica, vocalist, arranger  
Victor BVE-37929 10-in. 2/19/1927 Bring me a leaf from the sea Carolina Tar Heels Vocal and instrumental duet instrumentalist, guitar, harmonica, vocalist, arranger  
Victor BVE-37930 10-in. 2/19/1927 I'm going to Georgia Carolina Tar Heels Vocal and instrumental duet instrumentalist, guitar, harmonica, vocalist  
Victor BVE-39793 10-in. 8/11/1927 Good-bye, my Bonnie, good-bye Carolina Tar Heels Vocal and instrumental duet instrumentalist, guitar, harmonica, songwriter  
Victor BVE-39794 10-in. 8/11/1927 The bulldog down in sunny Tennessee Carolina Tar Heels Vocal and instrumental duet instrumentalist, guitar, harmonica, vocalist  
Victor BVE-39795 10-in. 8/11/1927 Shanghai in China Carolina Tar Heels Vocal and instrumental duet instrumentalist, guitar, harmonica, vocalist  
Victor BVE-39796 10-in. 8/11/1927 Black pine waltz Gwen Foster Harmonica solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) instrumentalist, harmonica, guitar, composer  
Victor BVE-39809 10-in. 8/15/1927 My mamma scolds me for flirting Carolina Tar Heels Vocal and instrumental duet instrumentalist, guitar, harmonica  
Victor BVE-39810 10-in. 8/15/1927 I love my mountain home Carolina Tar Heels Vocal and instrumental duet instrumentalist, guitar, harmonica, vocalist  
Victor BVE-39811 10-in. 8/15/1927 When the good Lord sets you free Carolina Tar Heels Vocal and instrumental duet instrumentalist, guitar, harmonica, vocalist  
Victor BVE-39812 10-in. 8/15/1927 Wilkes County blues Gwen Foster Harmonica solo instrumentalist, harmonica, composer  
Victor BVE-41920 10-in. 2/20/1928 The boarding house bells are ringing Carolina Twins Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars and harmonica instrumentalist, harmonica, guitar, vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-41921 10-in. 2/20/1928 One dark and rainy night Carolina Twins Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars and harmonica instrumentalist, harmonica, guitar, vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-41922 10-in. 2/20/1928 Your wagon needs greasing Carolina Twins Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars and harmonica instrumentalist, harmonica, guitar, vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-41923 10-in. 2/20/1928 Off to the war I'm going Carolina Twins Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars and harmonica instrumentalist, harmonica, guitar, vocalist, yodeling  
Victor BVE-47281 10-in. 11/2/1928 Where is my mamma? Carolina Twins Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars and harmonica (self-accompaniment) instrumentalist, harmonica, guitar, vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-47282 10-in. 11/2/1928 When you go a' courtin' Carolina Twins Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars and harmonica (self-accompaniment) composer, instrumentalist, harmonica, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BVE-47283 10-in. 11/2/1928 I sat upon the river bank Carolina Twins Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars and harmonica (self-accompaniment) instrumentalist, harmonica, guitar, vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-47285 10-in. 11/3/1928 New Orleans is the town I like best Carolina Twins Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars and harmonica (self-accompaniment) instrumentalist, harmonica, guitar, vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-47286 10-in. 11/3/1928 She tells me that I am sweet Carolina Twins Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars and harmonica (self-accompaniment) instrumentalist, harmonica, guitar, vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-47287 10-in. 11/3/1928 Mr. Brown, here I come Carolina Twins Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars and harmonica (self-accompaniment) instrumentalist, harmonica, guitar, vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-51070 10-in. 4/3/1929 Who's gonna kiss your lips, dear darling? Carolina Tar Heels Vocal and instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BVE-51073 10-in. 4/3/1929 Somebody's tall and handsome Carolina Tar Heels Vocal and instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BVE-56621 10-in. 11/29/1929 Who's going to love me Carolina Twins Male vocal duet, with guitars and harmonica (self-accompaniment) instrumentalist, harmonica, vocalist, guitar, songwriter  
Victor BVE-56622 10-in. 11/29/1929 Southern Jack Carolina Twins Male vocal duet, with guitar and harmonica (self-accompaniment) instrumentalist, harmonica, vocalist, songwriter  
Victor BVE-56623 10-in. 11/29/1929 Since my baby's gone away Carolina Twins Male vocal duet with guitars and harmonica (self-accompaniment) instrumentalist, harmonica, guitar, vocalist, songwriter  
Victor BVE-56624 10-in. 11/29/1929 I want my black baby back Carolina Twins Male vocal duet with guitars and harmonica (self-accompaniment) instrumentalist, harmonica, guitar, vocalist, whistling  
Victor BVE-56625 10-in. 11/29/1929 Gal of mine took my licker from me Carolina Twins Male vocal duet with guitars and harmonica (self-accompaniment) instrumentalist, harmonica, guitar, vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-56626 10-in. 11/29/1929 A change in business all around Carolina Twins Male vocal duet with guitars and harmonica (self-accompaniment) instrumentalist, harmonica, composer, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BVE-56627 10-in. 11/29/1929 Charlotte hot step Fletcher and Foster [i.e., Carolina Twins] Guitar duet, with harmonica instrumentalist, harmonica, guitar, composer  
Victor BVE-56628 10-in. 11/29/1929 Red rose rag Fletcher and Foster [i.e., Carolina Twins] Guitar duet instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BVE-71617 10-in. 2/25/1932 Times ain't like they used to be Original Carolina Tar Heels Vocal and instrumental duet instrumentalist, harmonica, guitar, vocalist, songwriter  
Victor BVE-71618 10-in. 2/25/1932 Why should I care Carolina Tar Heels Vocal and instrumental duet instrumentalist, harmonica, guitar, vocalist, songwriter  
Victor BVE-71619 10-in. 2/25/1932 She shook it on the corner Carolina Tar Heels Vocal and instrumental duet instrumentalist, harmonica, guitar, vocalist, songwriter  
Victor BVE-71624 10-in. 2/25/1932 Nobody cares if I'm blue Original Carolina Tar Heels Vocal and instrumental duet instrumentalist, harmonica, guitar, vocalist, songwriter  
Victor BS-032663 10-in. 2/5/1939 How many biscuits can I eat? Gwen Foster Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, harmonica  
Victor BS-032665 10-in. 2/5/1939 Side-line blues Gwen Foster Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars and string bass vocalist, instrumentalist, harmonica  
OKeh S-7814 10-in. Mar. 1921 Southern Jack Norfolk Jazz Quartet Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied songwriter  
Brunswick E30122 10-in. 6/23/1929 Boarding house bells are ringing Kessinger Brothers Fiddle (violin) and guitar duet composer  
Brunswick E25453-E25454 10-in. 12/7/1927 Where is my mamma Robert A. Gardner ; Lester McFarland Male vocal duet, with guitar and mandolin composer  
Gennett 17074 10-in. 9/23/1930 Working so hard David Fletcher ; Gwen Foster Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars and harmonica instrumentalist, harmonica, guitar, vocalist  
Gennett 17075 10-in. 9/23/1930 Travelin' north David Fletcher ; Gwen Foster Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars and harmonica instrumentalist, guitar, harmonica, vocalist  
Gennett 17076 10-in. 9/23/1930 Going a courtin' Saxton Bros. Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars and harmonica vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, harmonica  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Foster, Gwen," accessed June 13, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111421.

Foster, Gwen. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 13, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111421.

"Foster, Gwen." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 13 June 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111421

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