The Lilly Brothers

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Tags: bluegrass folk under 2000 listeners country Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s


Mitchell B. Lilly (15 December 1921) and Charles Everett Lilly (b. 1 July 1923) were both born at Clear Creek, near Beckley, West Virginia, USA. Always known as Bea and Everett, the two brothers began performing in the mid-30s, being especially influenced by Bill Monroe and the Blue Sky Boys. In the late 30s, using mandolin and guitar to back their high harmony vocals, they began their professional career. In 1939, they played theOld Farm Hour, at the radio station WCHS Charleston, as the Lonesome Holler Boys. They sometimes played three radio shows a day as well as evening dances, and in late 1939 and 1940, they were a very popular act on WJLS Beckley. When America became involved in World War II, Everett joined the armed forces. In 1945, they played with Molly O’Day at Beckley and also at KRLD Dallas and WNOX Knoxville. They next formed the Smiling Mountain Boys, which included Paul Taylor, Fiddling Burk Barbour (fiddle) and Lonnie Glosson (harmonica), but...

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