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The Hill Billies

A.k.a. Al Hopkins And His Buckle Busters Los Alegres (2)

Folk / Appalachian / Hill Billy band that formed in a Galax, Virginia barbershop in 1924 by Tony Alderman, Al Hopkins and Joe Hopkins. They stopped performing after the death of Al Hopkins in 1932. The band had many 'firsts' including: - First country musicians to perform in New York City; - First band to play for a US President (Calvin Coolidge); and - First band to appear in a movie (The Singing Fool - Al Jolson In The Singing Fool). Original band line-up is regarded as: Al Hopkins (Piano, Vocals) Joe Hopkins (Guitar) John Hopkins (13) (Banjo, Ukulele) Tony Alderman (Fiddle) John Rector (5 String Banjo) Charlie Bowman (Fiddle) Other players: Elbert Bowman (Guitar) Jack Reedy (Banjo) Fred Roe Henry Roe The band name morphed into others over the years including: Al Hopkins And His Buckle Busters Al Hopkins’ Original Hill Billies (starting 21-Jan-1929)


Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order: Volume 3 (1927-1928)The Hill Billies / Al Hopkins And His Buckle Busters1999Compil.
Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order: Volume 2 (1926-1927)The Hill Billies / Al Hopkins And His Buckle Busters1999Compil.
Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order: Volume 1 (1925-1926)The Hill Billies / Al Hopkins And His Buckle Busters1999Compil.
The Hill-BilliesThe Hill Billies1974Compil.
Black Eyed Susie / Cluck Old HenThe Hill Billies1928Album
Georgie Buck / Baby Your Time Ain't LongThe Hill Billies1928Album
Oh Where Is My Little Dog Gone / Wasn't She A DandyThe Hill Billies1928Album
Darling Nellie Gray / Sleep Baby SleepThe Hill Billies1928Album
Jerusalem Mourn / She'll Be Comin' 'Round The MountainWarren Caplinger's Cumberland Mountain Entertainers / The Hill Billies1928Album
Cumberland Gap / Walking In The ParlorThe Hill Billies1927Album
Buck-Eyed Rabbits / Round Town GalsThe Hill Billies1927Album
Cinda / Bristol Tennessee BluesThe Hill Billies1927Album
Golden Slippers / Hear Dem BellsKanawha Singers / The Hill Billies1927Album
Ragged Annie / Sourwood MountainThe Hill Billies1927Album
Donkey On The Railroad Track / Cackling HenThe Hill Billies1927Album
Going Down The Road Feeling Bad / Texas GalsThe Hill Billies1927Album
East Tennessee Blues / Governor Alf Taylor's Fox ChaseThe Hill Billies1927Album
Fisher's Hornpipe / Blue Eyed GirlThe Hill Billies1927Album
Sweet Bunch Of Daisies / Daisies Won’t TellThe Hill Billies1927Album
Kitty Wells / Betsy BrownThe Hill Billies1927Album
Mississippi Sawyer / Long-Eared MuleThe Hill Billies1926Album
Cripple Creek / Sally AnnThe Hill Billies1925Album
Old Joe Clark / Whoa! MuleThe Hill Billies1925Album
Silly Bill / Old Time CindaThe Hill Billies1925Album
Old Joe Clark / Silly BillThe Hill BilliesAlbum
Mountaineer's Love Song / Cripple CreekThe Hill BilliesAlbum
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To all the music fans that are contributing on Discogs, MusicBrainz and Wikipedia. Thanks to Franz Flückiger for providing Storygram used to visualize band membership and together with Stefan Guggisberg for the visual data mining application ArtistAnalytics.
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