The Salem Highballers was the recording name given to The McCray Family by their recording label, Okeh, in the 1920s and 1930s. They traveled somewhat but did not stray far from their hometown of Salem, Virginia.
Aside from local performances and their "Salem Highballers" sides, The McCray family's biggest claims to fame were their radio programs, performed live on Roanoke's WDBJ between 1925 and 1930.
The lineup consisted of Henry McCray on violin, Fred McCray on guitar, Carl McCray on guitar, and Robert McCray on banjo. Carl, the last surviving member, died in 1984.
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929
Roles Represented in DAHR: Musical group
Notes: Recording name used by the McCray Family (Henry, Fred, Carl, and Robert McCray).
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|OKeh||W403173||10-in.||10/18/1929||Salem No. 1||Salem Highballers||Instrumental quartet||Musical group|
|OKeh||W403174||10-in.||10/18/1929||Snow bird on the ash bank||Salem Highballers||Instrumental quartet||Musical group|
|OKeh||W403175||10-in.||10/18/1929||Dinah, old lady||Salem Highballers||Instrumental quartet||Musical group|
|OKeh||W403176||10-in.||10/18/1929||Going on to town||Salem Highballers||Instrumental quartet||Musical group|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Salem Highballers," accessed July 31, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111873.
Salem Highballers. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 31, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111873.
"Salem Highballers." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 31 July 2021.
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