Howard Vokes

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades: 1960s 1970s 2000s


13 June 1931, Clearfield, Pennsylvania, USA. One of the 13 children of a coalminer, Vokes owned his first guitar by the time he was eight. At the age of 15, influenced by the recordings he heard of Roy Acuff and Jimmie Rodgers and by radio broadcasts of the Grand Ole Opry, he played on local radio and at rowdy venues in nearby mining towns. Two years later, he was shot in the ankle in a hunting accident and during his long convalescence, he took to writing songs. When he recovered, he formed the Country Boys and toured with and managed other artists, including Hank King and Denver Duke and Jeffrey Null (the latter duo found success with two Hank Williams tribute songs that Vokes had written). His first recording success came with his version of Doc Williams’ ‘Willie Roy, The Crippled Boy’. Vokes also had success with his recordings of ‘Mountain Guitar’ and ‘A Plastic Heart’, both of which were also recorded by Roy Acuff. Other...

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