Many fans will recognize the names of this trio of hillbilly
entertainers as their careers in the bluegrass field are well
documented. But for a time, they were playing together.
Jimmy Martin was the leader of the group at the time and played the guitar.
Bob Osborn as he was known then played the mandolin as well as vocals.
Sonny Osborn also sang and played the banjo.
At the time we found them, in 1955, they were recording for the RCA Victor
label and their releases at that time included "Twenty-twenty Vision",
"Save It, Save It".
The group was being heard over radio station WJR out of Detroit at the
Jimmy Martin was from Sneedville, Tennessee while Bob and Sonny Osborn
were from Hyden, Kentucky.
Timeline and Trivia Notes
Group members included:
- Bill Burns, leader, guitar
- Rio Dial, violin
- Leon Brouton, accordion
- Gene Eckes, bass
Credits & Sources
- Cowboy Songs No. 41 (June 1955); American Folk Publications,
Inc.; Derby, CT.