FOX, ARNIM LeROY “CURLY” (1910-1995)

Curly Fox was born in Tennessee and became an outstanding fiddle player and showman. He was at Cincinnati’s WLW on the Boone County Jamboree in the early 1940s and later on the WSM Grand Ole Opry with his wife, “Texas Ruby” Owens. In the 1930s, he recorded with the Shelton Brothers in a “hot” fiddle style that influenced the early recipe for bluegrass. Curly recorded fiddle tunes on King, and he and Texas Ruby recorded for Columbia and Starday. He did a great version of “Fire On the Mountain” on King, and his in-person versions of “Listen To the Mocking Bird” and “Johnson’s Old Gray Mule” were something to see and hear.

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