B. F. Shelton

Benjamin Frank Shelton (January 1, 1902 – February 28, 1963) was an American singer and banjoist who recorded a number of songs for Victor Records at the Bristol sessions in Bristol, Tennessee on July 29, 1927. Shelton traveled from Corbin, Kentucky where he worked as a barber to Bristol for the sessions with gospel singer and preacher Alfred Karnes. Four of the recordings survive today, "Darling Cora", "Pretty Polly", "Oh Molly Dear" and "Cold Penitentiary Blues". He recorded again, under the name Frank Shelton, for Columbia Records at the Johnson City sessions in Johnson City, Tennessee in October 1928, but the recordings were not issued and have not survived.

Shelton was born in Clay County, Kentucky and died in Whitley County, Kentucky.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1902 (Clay County), Died 1963 (Whitley County)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, vocalist, banjo

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-39734 10-in. 7/29/1927 Cold penitentiary blues B. F. Shelton Male vocal solo, with banjo (self-accompaniment) vocalist, instrumentalist, banjo, composer  
Victor BVE-39735 10-in. 7/29/1927 Oh Molly dear B. F. Shelton Male vocal solo, with banjo (self-accompaniment) vocalist, instrumentalist, banjo, composer  
Victor CVE-39736 12-in. 7/29/1927 Pretty Polly B. F. Shelton Male vocal solo, with banjo (self-accompaniment) vocalist, instrumentalist, banjo, composer  
Victor CVE-39737 12-in. 7/29/1927 Darling Cora B. F. Shelton Male vocal solo, with banjo (self-accompaniment) vocalist, instrumentalist, banjo, composer  
Brunswick E22533-E22534 10-in. 4/20/1927 Darling Cora Buell Kazee Male vocal solo, with banjo composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Shelton, B. F.," accessed August 3, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111596.

Shelton, B. F.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 3, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111596.

"Shelton, B. F.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 3 August 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111596

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