Henry Maddox

Born: Mar. 19, 1928, Boaz, AL

Died: 1974

Country Vocals, Mandolin, Guitar Maddox Brothers & Rose

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

 

 

This is page is dedicated to Rose Maddox and the Maddox Bros. and all the music they left us.

Hundreds of thousands of destitute families traveled the country during the 1930s looking for work, food, shelter, and a decent future.

The Maddox family migrated from Boas, Alabama to California. Along their trek West they took jobs as fruit pickers, travelling around to follow the local harvests. When the family settled in the San Joaquin Valley of California, many rode the rails west to California from the Southeast and the Dust Bowl states. In their poverty, the Alabama family of Charlie and Lula Maddox typified Depression Era migrants.

Young Fred Maddox convinced a furniture company to sponsor a country music radio show, to feature the Maddox Brothers band. The only problem was, the furniture company wanted the band to have a girl singer, which they didn't, but Fred told them he had the best girl singer around. He was talking about eleven-year old Rose, who only knew the words to three songs, but hey! She WAS the best girl singer around...

the Maddox childrens combination of work ethic, energy, humor, and musical talent helped them achieve success that others could only dream about. With their mother, Lula, firmly guiding them, the Maddox Brothers and Rose created a music and comedy powerhouse on stage, radio, and TV. Billing themselves as Americas Most Colorful Hillbilly Band, they contributed to the birth of the rockabilly sound, and helped advance the status of women entertainers.

The group gained immense popularity through the 1930s, performing on radio shows and at honky-tonks across the state. But in 1941, the Maddox brothers were drafted into the service to fight WWII, and Rose was left behind without work. At one point she tried to convince Bob Wills to give her a listen in the hopes that he'd hire her for his band, the Texas Playboys, but ol' Bob wouldn't give her the time of day. She told him, "When my brothers get back from the war, we're gonna show you but good" or something to that effect. And true to her word, when her brothers returned in 1946, the Maddox Brothers & Rose went into full swing. They were most famous for their outlandish wardrobes and onstage hijinks, and their exhuberant performances caused people to stop their dancing and just stare! The group disbanded in 1956 after twenty years of performing and recording. Sadly, Cliff, Henry, and Cal Maddox have passed on, but Rose Maddox still performed and in later years crossed over to Bluegrass where she found a new and appreciative audience. She is one of the very few females that even Bill Monroe acknowledges as "having that special Bluegrass sound".

If you haven't heard the Maddox Brothers & Rose, then run, don't walk, to your favorite record store and get this CD: MADDOX BROTHERS & ROSE "America's Most Colorful Hillbilly Band", on Arhoolie Records, catalog 391. Make 'em order it for you. It's priceless.

There's a more recent Rose Maddox album called Queen Of The West available on Rounder Records. Also, PBS did a special called "The Life & Times of Rose Maddox".

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Members:

Rose Maddox (lead vocals)

Fred Maddox (Doghouse Bass and lead vocals)

Cal Maddox (Rhythm Guitar and Mandolin)

Henry Maddox (Mandolin and Lead Guitar)

Don Maddox (Fiddle and lead vocals)

Cliff Maddox (Mandolin)

Bud Duncan (during the 50's on steel guitar) or

Roy Nichols

Jimmy Winkle (during the 50's on lead guitar) or

Gene Breeden

America's Most Colorful Hillbilly BandAmerica's Most Colorful Hillbilly Band: Vol. 2On the Air: The 1940'sCollection of Standard Sacred SongsThat'll Learn Ya Durn Ya

 

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