The York Brothers

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 2000s

Biography

A popular harmony duo comprising George York (17 February 1910, Louisa, Lawrence County, Kentucky, USA, d. July 1974; guitar, harmonica, vocals) and Leslie York (b. 23 August 1917, Louisa, Lawrence County, Kentucky, USA, d. 21 February 1984; guitar, vocals). George first worked in the coalmines before moving to Denver, where he played on local radio. In the late 30s, somewhat influenced by the Delmores, the brothers began their career in Portsmouth, Ohio, and made their first recordings for the Universal label in 1939. Their version of ‘Little White Washed Chimney’ (recorded as ‘Going Home’) sold well enough to gain them a contract with Decca Records. After recording for that label in 1941, and at a time when their popularity was spreading nationally, America’s involvement in World War II saw both brothers drafted for service with the US Navy. After their discharge, they settled in Nashville where, until 1950, they played the Grand Ole...

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