Dixon Brothers

Genres: Blues Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass
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Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Brothers Dorsey Murdock Dixon (14 October 1897, Darlington, South Carolina, USA, d. 16 April 1968, Florida, USA) and Howard Britten Dixon (b. 19 June 1903, Darlington, South Carolina, USA, d. 24 March 1961) were two of seven Dixon children. At the age of 12, Dorsey left school and like his father, William McQuiller Dixon, he worked in the mill of the Darlington Cotton Manufacturing Company. Dorsey, who was playing the guitar at 14, later taught himself to play fiddle and when Howard also learned guitar, they began playing fiddle and guitar duets in the East Rockingham film theatre. In 1929, Dorsey wrote a poem called ‘The Cleveland Schoolhouse Fire’, which he based on the true story of a school fire that, in May 1923, had led to the deaths of 76 children. His mother and Howard, using the tune of ‘Life’s Railway To Heaven’, first popularized the number by singing it at local venues. In 1932, inspired by Jimmie Tarlton (of Darby And Tarlton),...

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