Del McCoury, guitarist
Bill Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys
birth name: Delano Floyd McCoury

Del McCoury

February 1, 1939, Bakersville, NC

Among the most distinguished practitioners of traditional bluegrass. ~ Allmusic: Del McCoury ~ retrieved July 8, 2013 © Allmusic

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February 1, 1964 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (6) the Marketts, Out Of Limits ~ #2 (13) Lesley Gore, You Don't Owe Me ~ #1 (3) the Beatles, I Wanna Hold Your Hand


From out of the revolving ranks of the now-legendary Blue Grass Boys - the crack band backing bluegrass music founder Bill Monroe - have come a legion of talented musicians: Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, Sonny Osborne, Vassar Clements, and, in 1964, a young musician named Del McCoury. From his start as guitarist and lead singer for Monroe during the early 1960s, McCoury has gone on to make his mark on modern bluegrass as one of the most popular performers of the now-classic ‘Monroe’ sound that first set fire to audiences during the 1940s. Nashville promoter Lance Leroy once commented, “As a bluegrass purist, you could get papers on Del McCoury,” and not many would disagree. With an engaging confidence, a distinctive tenor that essentially defines the ‘high lonesome’ sound, and an unflaggingly energetic approach to his music, it is no wonder that McCoury and his talented band are considered ‘bluegrasser's bluegrassers,’ respected by their musical peers and performing at the peak of their profession. ~ Musicianguide: Del McCoury ~ retrieved July 8, 2013 © Musicianguide

Del McCoury is a 2003 Opry member.

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