Clarence Ashley

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Clarence Earl McCurry

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Birthplace: Bristol, Sullivan County, Tennessee, United States
Death: June 02, 1967 (71)
Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina, United States
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Son of George McCurry and Rose-Belle Ashley

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About Clarence Ashley

Clarence Ashley

"Clarence "Tom" Ashley (Sep 29 1895 - Jun 2 1967) was a 20th-century American clawhammer banjo player and singer.

Born in Bristol, Tennessee and nicknamed "Tommy Tiddy Waddy" by his grandfather, Ashley became best known to friends and acquaintances as 'Tom'. He began to play banjo and guitar at a young age, and at 16 joined a traveling medicine show as a banjo-picker and singer. Ashley made his first recordings with Garley Foster and Doc Walsh in 1928. Throughout the late '20s and early '30s, Ashley recorded with Gwen Foster, The Blue Ridge Mountain Entertainers and Byrd Moore & His Hot Shots. He also made solo banjo recordings. He would become well known for his recordings of "The Coo Coo Bird," "The House Carpenter" and "Peg and Awl" (Carolina Tar Heels) which were featured on Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music. For several of his solo songs Ashley used a G-modal banjo tuning that he called the 'sawmill' tuning

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Clarence Ashley's Timeline

1895
September 29, 1895
Bristol, Sullivan County, Tennessee, United States
1967
June 2, 1967
Age 71
Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina, United States