Roy Harvey

Decades: 2000s


Roy Cecil Harvey, 24 March 1892, Monroe County, West Virginia, USA, d. 11 July 1958, USA. Harvey loved music and learned to play guitar as a child, but a greater love for trains led to his working for the Virginian Railway. By 1923, he was working as an engineer, when a dispute caused a strike and his participation in it cost him his post. While working in a music shop in Beckley, he met Charlie Poole and their friendship led to Harvey becoming the guitarist with Poole’s North Carolina Ramblers. From September 1926-30, he played on all Poole’s Columbia Records recordings. He also recorded solo numbers and duets with Poole, Posey Rorer and noted yodeller Earl Shirkey (b. 1900, d. 1951), as well as guitar duets with Leonard Copeland. Harvey’s repertoire was considerable and varied from ballads such as his self-penned ‘The Virginian Strike Of ’23’ (written about the event that lost him his job) and old standards such as ‘Mary...

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