|Tags:||country folk americana old timey|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 2000s|
Marion Try Slaughter, 6 April 1883, Jefferson, Texas, USA, d. 14 September 1948, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA. Dalhart spent his early life on a ranch but in 1902, seeking a career in music, he went to New York. He took the name of Vernon Dalhart by combining the names of two Texas towns. He sang with the Century Opera Company and, in 1913-14, he performed in HMS Pinafore at the Hippodrome. He recorded for Edisons cylinders, his first release being Cant Yo Heah Me Callin Caroline? in 1917. Dalhart made numerous records under different names with different styles, including vaudeville. In 1924 Victor Records were about to dispense with his services when he asked if he could record hillbilly music. He chose Wreck Of The Old 97, which had first been recorded the previous year by Henry Whitter. It was backed by Prisoners Song, which he said was written by his cousin, Guy Massey. It became country...