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Doc Hopkins
Born:  January 26, 1900
Died:  January 3, 1988
Kentucky Music Hall of Fame (2015)
WLS National Barn Dance

About The Artist

It seems that someone called "Doc" wasn't really a doctor, but it was actually his real name - Doctor! Early on, he did the old folk songs and ballads. Back then, some thought he was the best thing going for old time folk music of the mountains where he grew up. He grew up in Harlan County, Kentucky, raised on corn bread.

He not only knew the songs, but knew the stories of how those songs came about. He'd even explain how the melodies came to be and were carried on through the years. He noted that the reason many of the old songs were sad was because tragedy was a part of the life of the early pioneers. The songs were a way telling their stories and experiences.

Claimed once that "I just sing the same as all us folks do down in Kentucky."

Timeline and Trivia Notes

  • Real name was Doctor Howard Hopkins
  • Was in World War 1 as member of US Marines and served in the AEF in France
  • Married the former Mary Locke of Kansas City
  • Son's name was Doctor Howard Junior

Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

Rec. No. Side Song Title
  5945 A Fate Of The Battleship Maine
  5945 B My Little Georgia Rose
  5983 A Bad Companions
  5983 B Kitty Wells
  6039 A Wreck Of Old 31
  6039 B Wreck Between New Hope And Gethsemane