Label: Starday Records - SLP 146 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: US • Genre: Folk, World, & Country • Style: Bluegrass
Bill Clifton born William August Marburg on April 5, is a distinguished American bluegrass musician and singer who is credited with having organized one of the first bluegrass festivals in the United States in Clifton's family prospered in the tobacco trade during the nineteenth century. Clifton began singing and playing the Nothing Like Hip Hop Music - Various - The B-Boy Sampler by age His education spans from private schools from New England to Florida.
Eventually, he enrolled at the University of Virginia in where his love for country music expanded to folk music through fellow students, Paul Clayton and Dave Sadler. While still in college, Clifton, Clayton, and Sadler formed the Dixie Mountain Boys together and began playing professionally at small radio stations in central Virginia. Because his family was opposed to his musical activities, he took the stage name "Bill Clifton". With the help of his friends and bandmates, Clifton produced his first recording in that included an array of old-time, bluegrass, and folk revival repertoire.
Inthe band signed with Blue Ridge Records and began playing traditional bluegrass. Clifton published a songbook in called Old Time Folk and Gospel Songs, which soon became one of the most influential songbooks of its time. Because of the popularity of Clifton's songbook, these songs quickly became recognizable standards in the bluegrass world.
He had many connections throughout old-time, bluegrass, country, and folk music - which reflected his unique repertoire and sound. Because the instrumental style of his band had more of a "contemporary bluegrass" sound along with his "folk revivalist" vocals, he was deemed one of the first "city-billies" in bluegrass music.
After enlisting for two years in the Marine Corps, inClifton re-entered the music business. Therefore, he referred Clifton to Pierce who was interested, but said that Mercury-Starday would not finance Green Fields Of Virginia - Bill Clifton And His Dixie Mountain Boys - Carter Family Memorial Album recording. InClifton paid for the recording time in RCA studios to cut four songs with this band. The overall record sold very well and received a lot of exposure from WWVA. The success of his release helped Clifton to be moved to Mercury-Starday for his next session in Nashville of April In later years, he recorded How High The Moon - Count Basie Orchestra - Basie In London in Europe and in the United States.
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