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William August Marburg, 5 April 1931, Riderwood, Maryland, USA. Clifton sang and played guitar, autoharp and fiddle. He became interested in the music of the Carter Family during the 40s, having been introduced to country music through visiting the tenant farmers on his fathers estate. Clifton subsequently made his first records for the Stinson label in 1952. By 1954 he was performing with his Dixie Mountain Boys and recording for Blue Ridge. During the 50s Clifton compiled 150 old-time folk and gospel songs and had them privately printed. He was essentially able to bridge the gap between urban folk and bluegrass, reaching both sets of audiences on an international level. In 1961, he recorded 22 Carter Family songs for Starday, and later came to Britain and set up tours for Bill Monroe, the New Lost City Ramblers and the Stanley Brothers. He had been playing bluegrass and old-time country music for 11 years before arriving in England in 1963. He fulfilled a...
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