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,
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
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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