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Frederick Austin "Fred" Kirby
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Birth: Jul. 19, 1910
Mecklenburg County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Apr. 22, 1996
Union County
North Carolina, USA

Frederick Austin Kirby was an American country-and-western recording and performance artist and song writer. Among Kirby's better-known works are "Atomic Power"(1946)and "When That Hell Bomb Falls" (1950),both inspired by the emergence of nuclear weapons during and after World War II. During that same war, Kirby performed to raise money for the American effort to the extent that he became known as the Victory Cowboy. After the war Kirby was widely known in North and South Carolina for his radio and television work with WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina. The station aired a program that featured Kirby and his sidekick "Uncle Jim" (played by Jim Patterson). The show was known at various times as "Whistle Stop," "Fred Kirby's Little Rascals," and "Kirby's Corral." Giving the "hi-sign" to his young fans, Kirby was a fixture for many years at the western-themed park Tweetsie Railroad in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Even though he died in 1996, his birthday is still honored by Tweetsie. Kirby's television show treated viewers to classic episodes of The Little Rascals (Hal Roach's Our Gang) as well as frequent appearances by the local bluegrass band The Briarhoppers. 
 
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 Parents:
  David Traxler Kirby (1885 - 1941)
  Sybil Levenia Langford Kirby (1886 - 1934)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Augusta Burke Kirby (1927 - 2012)*
 
 Siblings:
  Marvin M. Kirby (1906 - 1971)*
  Frederick Austin Kirby (1910 - 1996)
  Hazel Louise Kirby McKenzie (1917 - 1981)*
  Frances Kirby Williamson (1925 - 2008)*
  George Marion Kirby (1927 - 2006)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Sharon Memorial Park
Charlotte
Mecklenburg County
North Carolina, USA
 
Created by: JW
Record added: May 08, 2007
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my brother was in the Navy il 1972, I love him very much,amen
-Anonymous
 Added: Nov. 21, 2016
I as 9 years old, when I went to see you at Tweetsie RR, Israel, from Daniel Boone Show was there too, in 1972.I was living in Charlotte,NC and also watched you sing and play the guitar on TV. I can also play the guitar too, now, and I have my own guitar...(Read more)
-Anonymous
 Added: Nov. 21, 2016
As a child, I watched Fred Kirby on TV, every day. He would come to our town, playing the Little Rascals and singing. I would get to meet him, after the shows and I thought he was the biggest movie star in the world. I would see him at Tweetsie and he w...(Read more)
- Sheri
 Added: May. 16, 2015
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