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Roscoe Halcomb
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Birth: Sep. 5, 1911
Death: Feb. 26, 1981
Perry County
Kentucky, USA

Roscoe Holcomb
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Roscoe Holcomb, (born as Roscoe Halcomb] September 5, 1912 died February 1, 1981) was an American singer, banjo player, and guitarist from Daisy, Kentucky. A prominent figure in Appalachian folk music, Holcomb was the inspiration for the term "high, lonesome sound," coined by folklorist and friend John Cohen. Roscoe is known as the "King of the High lonesome sound." The term is now used to describe bluegrass singing, although Holcomb was not, strictly speaking, a bluegrass performer.

Holcomb's repertoire included old-time music, hymns, traditional music and blues ballads. He was a competent harmonica player, fiddle player and sang many of his most memorable songs a cappella.

Holcomb sang in a falsetto deeply informed by the Old Regular Baptist vocal tradition. Bob Dylan, a fan of Holcomb, described his singing as possessing "an untamed sense of control." He was also admired by the Stanley Brothers, and Eric Clapton cited Holcomb as his favorite country musician.

A coal miner and farmer for much of his life, Holcomb was not recorded until 1958, after which his career as a professional musician was bolstered by the folk revival in the 1960s. Holcomb gave his last live performance in 1978. He lived a self-described hard life working and suffered many injuries that affected him later in life. Suffering from asthma and emphysema as a result of working in coal mines, he died in 1981 at the age of 68.

It is not known where Holcomb was buried.[citation needed]

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Roscoe Halcomb was the son of Marion Halcomb and Martha Ann Napier. He was married to Mary Shepherd and Ethel Williams.
Family links: 
  Marion Halcomb (1867 - 1961)
  Hezekiah Halcomb (1895 - 1987)*
  Roscoe Halcomb (1911 - 1981)
  Nora Halcomb Shepherd (1913 - 1989)*
*Calculated relationship
Five String Banjo Player
Arch Halcomb Cemetery
Perry County
Kentucky, USA
Created by: SWF
Record added: Feb 08, 2013
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Roscoe Halcomb
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Roscoe Halcomb
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RIP Roscoe, listen to you often, the world won't forget you.
- debra clifford ancestorville
 Added: Feb. 24, 2015
Thank you, Roscoe. For the beauty, and the pain, and the longing of your soul. Rest in peace, as your music lives on.
- sb1712
 Added: May. 14, 2014
Thanks for the music Roscoe.
- Bishop78
 Added: Mar. 1, 2014

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