Fred Maddox

Born: July 3, 1919,  Boaz, AL

Died: Oct. 29, 1992

Country Vocals, Bass Maddox Brothers & Rose

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame


Rockabilly may have started with a Modesto, California based family when Fred got tried, actually sick, of pickin' cotton, sat down on his cotton sack and made the announcement to the family, "We're going into the music business."

That was in late 1937. Rice's Furniture Store agreed to sponsor them on the radio over KTRB from 6:30am to 7:00am every weekday as "The Alabama Outlaws." Originally they were a trio. Fred, as announcer and played slap-bass, Cal with harmonica-on-yoke and rhythm guitar and 11-year-old Rose doing vocals. All three sang.

California celebrated their 100th Anniversary as a state in 1939 with a two-month long fair in Sacramento. Among the fair activities was a band contest. The first prize was a year long contract over the west coast McClatchy Broadcast Network and sponsored by Anacin pain reliever. A 1940 radio has been released on Arhoolie CD447.


Fred and Cal went into the armed services during WWII and served their country well. When the war was over, The MB&R was reformed with two younger brothers joining the band. Don with fiddle and Henry on electric mandolin. For personal appearances and dances, Bud Duncan on steel guitar and Jimmy Winkle on guitar. ROCKABILLY WAS NOW BORN!

Some of their best late 40's Rockabilly had Roy Nichols on honky tonk guitar. After leaving The MB&R, Roy joined Merle Haggard in his early recordings and continued his career up to his retirement. Merle treated his band and their families to a Christmas party every year and asked Fred Maddox and Roy to be the entertainment with their rockabilly music.

1953-55 found The MB&R performing across the country from west coast to east coast and back to their west coast home. This meant that they had to draw a capacity crowd every night, including mid-week nights when the ballroom/dance halls they played in were usually closed. They packed the places each and every night.




The rockabilly craze was in full bloom in 1955 and they were doing shows with Elvis. Elvis' bass player, Bill Black, looked up to Fred as their bass playing was the same style. Bill knew of The MB&R many years before when they had toured in his home town area.

In 1956, The MB&R split up with Rose and Cal going off as a duet and Fred, Don, Henry and Henry's wife going their way as THE MADDOX BROS & RETTA.

Fred hired Glen Glenn to play rhythm guitar and handle the rock 'n' roll songs of the day. (Glen Glenn can be heard on Ace Records and Dave Travis' Stomper Time Records - both out of London, England).

Today, Rose continues to have CD release on Arhoolie Records with her 1995 release "$35 and a Dream" (Arhoolie CD428) being nominated for a 1996 Grammy Award. Arhoolie CD391 and CD437 are reissues of their 4Star recording made from 1947 to 1951 and mostly present rockabilly's beginnings.

Source: The Maddox Brothers & Rose

More info: Maddox Brothers and Rose - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Music: Due Recognition (Nashville Scene . 05-04-98)

Interviews: Maddox Brothers and Rose

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