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Who Danny Bailey
What Obituary: Danny Bailey of the Bailey Brothers
When March 24, 2004
Where Knoxville, TN

Knoxville, Tn:
BAILEY, DANNY - age 85, of Pressmen's Home in Hawkins County, Tennessee passed away Monday morning, March 22, 2004, at his residence in Knoxville, Tennessee.

He had been a member of Maple Hill Baptist Church since his youth. Danny Bailey and his brother, Charles L. Bailey, who passed away March 12, 2004, better known as The Bailey Brothers, performed on WSM's Grand Ole Opry during the early days of bluegrass and attained near legendary status in such locales as WNOX Knoxville, Tennessee, WPTF Raleigh, North Carolina and WWVA in Wheeling, West Virginia.

They are considered by some to be among the most influential and significant artists in early bluegrass history. It was The Bailey Brothers who brought their tight, close harmony style singing into bluegrass and merged the two forms. With the addition of their Happy Valley Boys, The Bailey Brothers were the first well-known brother duet to introduce the beautiful harmonies characteristic of early brother duets into the full bluegrass group.

They also collected, arranged and popularized numerous songs, many of them now bluegrass standards, which were brought to wide public attention later by other groups. Songs made popular by The Bailey Brothers have been recorded by Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Flatt and Scruggs, among others.

Many well known country musicians either got their start with The Bailey Brothers or worked with them early in their career, including Tennessee Ernie Ford, Tater Tate, Buck Graves, Carl Butler, and the Osborne Brothers. Although their contribution to the roots of bluegrass has been recognized by the Smithsonian and music historian, commercial fame eluded the talented, innovative Bailey Brothers.

As Rounder Records noted on their "Have You Forgotten The Bailey Brothers" release, "That music and musicians of this caliber could be overlooked for so long is a cultural tragedy which we hope this record will remedy..."

Danny was involved with the Milk Fund for many years and was the announcer on Cas Walker's "Farm and Home Hour" on channels 6 and 10 for many years.

Danny was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Laura Lipe Bailey; sisters, Verda Surgenor Johnson, Effie Livesay and Cora Lee Bailey; and brothers, Ed, Tom, Chris, Pepper, Woodrow, and Charles Bailey. Danny is survived by his brother, Earl Bailey of Virginia, many nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25, 2004, at Colboch-Price Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Basil Jones officiating. Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 26, 2004, at Highland Cemetery. Colboch-Price Funeral Home in Rogersville is in charge of the arrangements.

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