About the Group
The current generation of the Morris Brothers are Herb, on guitar and lead vocals
and Homer, playing mandolin and doing harmony vocals. They come from a musical
family with a rich and interesting history.
Herb and Homer Morris are the sons of the late Revernd Frank Morris, who for many
years was the Pastor of Wahoo Baptist Church, one of Georgia's oldest churches. It
was formed in 1918 in Lumpkin County, near Dahlonega, Georgia.
The original group was formed in 1927 and called the Morris Family.
Back then, Frank played the mandolin, his sister, Fanny Lou played guitar
and daughter Girlie Jean Morris played the Banjo. Fanny Lou recalled they were heavily
influenced by the Carter Family.
The Morris Family performed at churches, political rallies, community events. The group
was heard on early country radio stations such as WTFL out of Toccoa, Georgia as well
as the power house WSB in Atlanta, where they performed over the air on March 19, 1930.
The Morris Family recorded a sessiuon in Atlanta, Georgia for the Brunswick-Balke-Collendar
Company. According to British Country music historian Tony Russell, there were six titles
recorded. They included:
- Will It Be you
- A Dream of Home
- Dark Eyes
- Mary Don't you Weep
- He Rose Unknown
- Blue Eyed Boy
Those recordings were released around mid-1930 on the Vocalion label. Five of the six
titles were listed in the "Country Music Source", a bibliography of commercially recorded
traditional music by Guthrie T. Meade with Dick Spottswood and Douglas S. Meade.
In 1944, after a long illness, Frank Morris passed away. In March 1945, Herb, Homer, Vaughan
and a friend by the name of Henry Moss fored the Morris Brothers band. The brothers began working
on radio stations such as WGGA in GAinesville, Georgia. Later, the band moved to WGST
in Atlanta. From there the band moved to WLAQ in Rome, Georgia. But after they left
Rome, the group only appeared on stage.
The Morris Brothers have recorded 16 albums and dozens of singles. They are known for their
close harmony singing and are referred to as "Masters of Harmony" by many DJ's all
over the globe.
Herb and Homer continue to record, and work up to fifty dates per year. Vaughn Morris
passed away in 1975. Henry Moss retired because of health problems. The brothers
plan to continue with their music as long as they are able to put out top quality
vocals with traditional Morris Brothers harmony that is their trademark.
It should be noted that there was another group of singers that may have been
known as the Morris Brothers as well - that included Wiley, Zeke and George Morris that
were popular in the 1940s.
Credits & Sources
Hillbilly-Music.com wishes to thank Howard Vokes for passing
along the information about the Morris Brothers.
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