The Greenbriar Boys
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 2000s|
Formed in New York, USA, in 1958, this acoustic group was one of the leading exponents of urban bluegrass. The original line-up comprised John Herald (6 September 1939, Greenwich Village, New York City, New York, USA, d. 18 July 2005, West Hurley, New York, USA; guitar/vocals), Bob Yellin (b. 10 June 1936, New York City, New York, USA; banjo/tenor vocals) and Eric Weissberg (banjo, mandolin, dobro, fiddle), but in 1959 the latter was replaced by Paul Prestopino and then Ralph Rinzler (b. 20 July 1934, Passaic, New Jersey, USA, d. 2 July 1994, Washington, DC, USA; mandolin/baritone). The following year the group won the top award at the annual Union Grove Fiddlers Convention, while Yellin secured the first of several hits as a solo artist.
The Greenbriar Boys completed several excellent albums for the Vanguard Records label in the early 60s and became a highly popular attraction on the club, concert and festival circuits. Individually...