Bashful Brother Oswald

Beecher Ray "Pete" Kirby (December 26, 1911 – October 17, 2002), better known as Bashful Brother Oswald, was an American country musician who popularized the use of the resonator guitar and Dobro. He played with Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain Boys and was a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

Though he released only a few recordings as a solo artist, he played as a session musician on numerous records, including the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's 1972 album Will the Circle be Unbroken.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1911 (Sevier County), Died October 17, 2002 (Madison)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1956

Roles Represented in DAHR: Dobro, banjo, vocalist, guitar

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 71 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia HCO2203 10-in. 1/28/1947 I talk to myself about you Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys String band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, Dobro  
Columbia HCO2204 10-in. 1/28/1947 Freight train blues Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys String band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, Dobro  
Columbia HCO2207 10-in. 1/28/1947 Wabash Cannon Ball Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys String band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, Dobro  
Columbia HCO2211 10-in. 1/28/1947 Blue eyes crying in the rain Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys String band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, Dobro  
Columbia HCO2213 10-in. 1/28/1947 The devil's train Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys String band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, Dobro  
Columbia HCO2214 10-in. 1/28/1947 Short-changed in love Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys String band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, Dobro  
Columbia C3702 10-in. 4/29/1941 Things that might have been Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys String band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, Dobro  
Columbia C3703 10-in. 4/29/1941 You're my darling Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys String band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, Dobro  
Columbia C3706 10-in. 4/29/1941 I know we're saying goodbye Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys String band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, Dobro  
Columbia C3707 10-in. 4/29/1941 Brother take warning Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys String band, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, Dobro  
Columbia C3708 10-in. 4/29/1941 The great judgment morning Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys String band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, Dobro  
Columbia C3711 10-in. 4/29/1941 You are my love Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys String band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, Dobro  
Columbia C3712 10-in. 4/29/1941 Branded wherever I go Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys String band, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, Dobro  
Columbia C3713 10-in. 4/29/1941 No letter in the mail Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys String band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, Dobro  
Columbia C3714 10-in. 4/29/1941 Are you thinking of me darling? Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys String band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, Dobro  
Columbia C3715 10-in. 4/29/1941 I called and nobody answered Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys String band, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, Dobro  
Columbia C4311 10-in. 12/19/1944 Blues in my mind Roy Acuff ; Smoky Mountain Boys Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, Dobro  
Columbia C4312 10-in. 12/19/1944 (I heard a) silver trumpet Roy Acuff ; Smoky Mountain Boys Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, Dobro  
Columbia C4313 10-in. 12/19/1944 Easy rockin' chair Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys String band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, Dobro  
Columbia C4315 10-in. 12/19/1944 Wait for the light to shine Roy Acuff ; Smoky Mountain Boys Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, Dobro  
Columbia C4428 10-in. 8/2/1945 No one will ever know Roy Acuff ; Smoky Mountain Boys Male vocal with string band instrumentalist, Dobro  
Columbia C4430 10-in. 8/2/1945 I think I'll go home and cry Roy Acuff ; Smoky Mountain Boys String band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, Dobro  
Columbia C4431 10-in. 8/2/1945 We live in two different worlds Roy Acuff ; Smoky Mountain Boys String band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, Dobro  
Columbia C4432 10-in. 8/2/1945 Pins and needles (in my heart) Roy Acuff ; Smoky Mountain Boys String band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, Dobro  
Columbia CCO4514 10-in. 3/11/1946 Golden treasure Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys String band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, Dobro  
(Results 1-25 of 71 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bashful Brother Oswald," accessed May 22, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/205415.

Bashful Brother Oswald. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 22, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/205415.

"Bashful Brother Oswald." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 22 May 2024.

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