Uncle Henry Love

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This hillbilly band was formed in 1928 by Henry Warren (b. Henry Green Warren, 1903, Taylor County, Kentucky, USA, d. USA). Warren was born into a rural community and followed his father’s trade by…
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This hillbilly band was formed in 1928 by Henry Warren (b. Henry Green Warren, 1903, Taylor County, Kentucky, USA, d. USA). Warren was born into a rural community and followed his father’s trade by becoming a blacksmith. He also worked in numerous other agricultural and industrial jobs, spent time as a boxer and also served in the military. Throughout all this, he was always interested in music, playing fiddle, and eventually formed the Uncle Henry’s Original Kentucky Mountaineers. The band broadcast over KFLV in Rockford, Illinois, in the year of its formation. They also played for a few dances and for the next few years were popular in rural Illinois. In 1933, the band went back to Kentucky where they were a huge success and played dances and radio shows in Kansas, Tennessee and West Virginia as well as their home state through the rest of the decade.

At the end of the 30s, the band returned to Illinois, playing on radio out of Chicago. Apart from Warren, the band included guitarists Coon Hunter, Paul Smith and his son Dale Warren, steel guitarist and bass player Dell Remick, singers Sally Perl and Spike Williams, a fiddler named Curly and Bob Simmons. Most of the band doubled on vocals and in addition to their music they also indulged in broad comedy routines.