James Henry Martin, 10 August 1927, on a farm near Sneedville, Tennessee, USA, d. 14 May 2005, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Martin learned to play the guitar as a boy and first appeared on radio in Morristown in 1948. He joined Bill Monroe in 1949 and remained with him (except for a short break) until 1954. Many rate Martin to be the finest lead singer and guitarist ever to work with Monroe. He played on some of Monroes best recordings and sang notable duets with him, including Memories Of Mother And Dad. In the mid-50s, he worked with the Osborne Brothers, with whom he recorded 20-20 Vision, before forming his own Sunny Mountain Boys. Martin went on to become a legend of bluegrass music, playing the WJR Detroit Barn Dance, The Louisiana Hayride and all major venues. His band contained some great bluegrass musicians, including J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson and Alan Munde. He recorded for Decca Records from the late 50s to the mid-70s and...
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