Athens, Alabama

Members:

Van Buren "Red" Anglin (Singer)
Date of Birth: April 20, 1910
Date of Death: 1975

James London "Jim" Anglin (Singer, Songwriter, String Bass)
Date of Birth: March 23, 1913
Date of Death: January 21, 1987

Jack Anglin (Singer, Guitar, Songwriter)
Date of Birth: May 13, 1916
Date of Death: March 8, 1963

The Anglins came from a large family of eight boys and two girls who, although born in Tennessee, grew up in Athens, Alabama. As youngsters they became friends with the Delmore Brothers and were influenced by their style. In 1930, the Anglin family moved to Nashville and in 1933, formed a vocal trio, with Jack playing guitar and Jim on string bass. Jack had the most talent and duetted with both Red and Jim.

The Anglins did their first radio work in the mid-30's for WSIX, then one of Nashville's smaller stations. They did not get paid, but soon landed a paying job at WAPI in Birmingham on the recommendation of the Delmores. They remained there for about two years and gained sufficient stature to take the nickname "the South's Favorite Trio." While at WAPI, they were invited to recording sessions held in San Antonio by the American Record Corporation on November 5, 1937. One side of their initial release was "They Are All Going Home But One", their most requested radio favorite.

The following year, the brothers moved to WMC Memphis, but did not do as well as in Birmingham. They did have a second recording opportunity at Columbia, South Carolina on November 12, 1938. Although the boys cut a total of 34 masters, only 14 were released. All appeared on the Vocalion label, some under the artist credit of Anglin Twins or Anglin Twins and Red. After Memphis, they worked for a brief period at WSB Atlanta and for a longer stint at WWL New Orleans. In the spring of 1940, they moved to Charlotte, but disbanded shortly afterwards when Red became one of the first men drafted.

WWII took the Anglin Brothers along different paths. Unfortunately, Red sustained injuries in the Allied invasion of France and never resumed his career. He died in 1975. Jim wrote several good songs such as "Beneath That Lonely Mound of Clay" and "Stuck Up Blues", which he sold to Roy Acuff. He served in the Pacific during the war, afterward he sold more songs to Acuff and wrote many more which were recorded by both Kitty Wells and Johnnie and Jack, including such hits as "One by One", "Ashes of Love" and "Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide". During this time, Jim wound up being one of the best country songwriters of the 40's and 50's.

Jack Anglin teamed up with his brother-in-law Johnnie Wright, whom he had known since the WSIX days as co-leader of the Tennessee Mountain Boys when they were known as Johnnie and Jack. They worked together until Jack entered the service in 1943 and again from 1946, having a string of hits on RCA Victor in the early 50's. They remained a team until Jack's death in an automobile crash in 1963.

 

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

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