HERMAN CROOK - MAGAZINE PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: LEWIS CROOK, HUBERT GREGORY, KIRK MCGEE - HFSID 225618
Sale Price $144.00
HERMAN CROOK, LEWIS CROOK (THE COOK BROTHERS) and KIRK McGEE, HUBERT GREGORY (THE FRUIT JAR DRINKERS)
The four famous country musicians are shown smiling in these 4½x5½ color magazine photographs, signed in blue ink
Magazine Photograph Signed: “Herman Crook”, “Lewis Crook”, “Kirk McGee” and “Hubert Gregory” in blue ink.8x10 magazine page. Two 4½x5½ color photographs. One Page. HERMAN CROOK (1898-1988) was a country musician and original Grand Ole Opry performer. Mr. Crook, orphaned early in life, was reared in Nashville by brothers and sisters, from whom he learned songs. In 1926, he led a country music string band on the Saturday Night Barn Dance and went to the Opry in 1927. The band is the only act left that represents the original tradition of the Opry. He was among the Opry musicians who participated in Nashville's first recording sessions in 1928. He was a Harmonica player and member of the Crook Brothers Band. His career included a sixty-two-year run on the Grand Ole Opry. LEWIS CROOK (b. 1909-?). In 1929 an unusual coincidence occurred that was to have a lasting and major impact on the Crook Brothers band. At a fiddler's contest in Walterhill, Tennessee, Herman ran into his old friend and mentor Dr. Humphrey Bate. The good doctor had with him a young man from his hometown who was named, coincidently, Lewis Crook. He was no relation whatsoever to Herman and Matthew, but they were soon attracted to him and to his two-finger banjo style. Lewis was a tall, gangly youth who had been born into a family of sharecropper's in Trousdale County in 1909. About a year after Lewis joined Herman's band, Matthew left for a regular full time job with the Nashville Police Department.This made Herman full leader of the group and changed the complexion of the band. Unable to find a satisfactory harmonica player, Herman added a fiddle player and began developing a style build around the odd tonal texture of the harp and fiddle playing together. KIRK McGEE (1899-1983), born David Kirkland McGee was part of an American old-time performing duo with his brother Samuel Fleming McGee. Sam typically played guitar and Kirk usually played banjo or fiddle, although they were both proficient in multiple string instruments. They were known as the McGee Brothers and were one of the most enduring acts on the Grand Ole Opry during the show's first fifty years. They made their initial appearance on the Opry in 1926 and the following year joined Uncle Dave Macon's band, The Fruit Jar Drinkers. The brothers made their last major appearance as a duo on the Opry in 1974, although Kirk continued to appear regularly on the program until his death in 1983. HUBERT GREGORY was a guitarist who joined The Fruit Jar Drinkers. Signer merit further research. Pen notations on verso. Edges slightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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