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Dec. 7: The Delmore Brothers made some jumping music in the post-war era, their country boogies with full band pointing the way to rock ‘n’ roll. But I like their early period as well or better, as they created real excitement with just their voices, Rabon’s four-string tenor guitar and Alton’s six-string flat-top. This number was recorded 76 years ago today in Chicago for RCA Bluebird records, in the same set of sessions that yielded “Browns Ferry Blues” and “Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar.” See if it doesn’t make you smile.

The Alabama-born Delmores were another of those influential brother duos from the early days of commercial country music. Long after their deaths (Rabon in 1952, Alton in 1964), they were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. Learn all about them in their Hall of Fame profile, and on a Web site operated by Alton’s daughter Debby.

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