Delano Floyd McCoury, 1 February 1939, Bakersville, North Carolina, USA. Guitarist and vocalist Del McCoury is one of the most celebrated keepers of the traditional bluegrass sound, and has enjoyed a long career spanning over five decades.
Raised in Bakersville and Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, McCoury began his music career in the 50s as a banjo player with Keith Daniels And The Blue Ridge Ramblers before moving on to Jack Cookes Virginia Mountain Boys. The latter unit was hired to play with bluegrass legend Bill Monroe in 1963, leading to an invite for McCoury to play with Monroes Blue Grass Boys. He played guitar and sang lead vocals with Monroe for a short while, making his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry during the same period. After leaving Monroe in 1964, McCoury worked with bluegrass groups the Golden State Boys (based in California) and the Shady Valley Boys, before launching the Dixie Pals in 1967 with fellow bluegrass...
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