Groupe Country US formé en 1944 et comprenant Kyle Bailes (né 7 mai 1915 à Kanawha County (Virginie de l'Ouest), décédé le 3 mars 1996), Johnnie Bailes (né le 24 juin 1918 à Kanawha County (Virginie de l'Ouest), décédé le 21 décembre 1989), Walter Bailes (né le 17 janvier 1920 à Kanawha County (Virginie de l'Ouest)) et Homer Bailes (né 8 mai 1922 à Kanawha County (Virginie de l'Ouest)).

From the mid-'40s through the '50s the Bailes Brothers were among the most popular close-harmony duos. There were actually four brothers — Kyle, Johnnie, Walter and Homer — but they seldom worked together as an entire group, instead pairing off for performances. The Bailes were born and raised in West Virginia, near Charleston. Their father, a minister, died when they were young and their impoverished mother had to struggle to keep them together. (Years later, Walter paid tribute to her trials with his song "Give Mother My Crown.") While working a variety of odd jobs during the Depression, the brothers were inspired to pursue music by the songs of such performers as Billy Cox and Buddy Starcher. They started out on a variety of radio programs, but didn't earn much recognition until 1942, when Johnnie and Walter began working as a duo at WSAZ Huntington. All four brothers played string instruments; after they became popular, they added other members to their group, among them Fiddlin' Arthur Smith.
It was Roy Acuff who got the Bailes their big break when he suggested to WSM Nashville executives that the brothers appear on the Grand Ole Opry. They made their debut on the show in 1944 and stayed in Nashville for two years. They made their recording debut in early 1945 for Columbia; among their first singles were their original songs "Dust on the Bible" and "The Drunkard's Grave." As they continued recording the brothers added more and more original songs, such as "Broken Marriage Vows." In 1947, Walter left to become a minister and Homer became the singing partner of their friend Dean Upson. They made their last recordings for Columbia at the end of the year, later becoming co-founders of the famous Louisiana Hayride show.
The original Bailes Brothers went their separate ways in 1949. Over the next decade, different combinations of Bailes Brothers appeared. In the early '50s Homer and Kyle teamed up to work at a Little Rock, Arkansas station. They also recorded a single. Later Johnnie and Walter reunited and began singing gospel in Texas. In 1953, they recorded three singles for King; Johnnie also cut a few solo records. During the 1960s, they continued the pattern, with Walter teaming up with Kyle and Homer at different times. Johnnie and Homer reunited during the early '70s, and from the mid-'70s through the '80s Walter, Kyle, and former band member Ernest Ferguson frequently played at churches and sometimes at festivals. Homer was busy working as a pastor while Johnnie ran three radio stations. Walter was also an evangelical preacher. In 1976 Walter and Kyle made an album; in 1977, all four reunited for a record, joined by their sister Minnie on a few cuts. After, Walter recorded on his Starlit and White Dove labels, while Homer also recorded solo. Much of the Bailes Brothers' early works are available on anthologies, and some of their records have been re-issued.

Talents : Kyle : Vocals, Guitar, String Bass -  Johnnie : Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin - Walter : Vocals, Songwriter, Guitar, String Bass - Homer : Vocals, Fiddle, Guitar

Style musical : Traditional Country, Gospel, Harmony Duos

I WANT TO BE LOVED  (1946)

ROMANS TEN AND NINE (1950)

WATCH AND PRAY (1954)

 Années en activité :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t., Singles & EP

1945 78 t. COLUMBIA 20016 / 36932 (US) . As Long As I Live / Searching For A Soldier's Grave
1946 78 t. COLUMBIA 20081 / 37154 (US) . Dust On The Bible / I've Got My One Way Ticket
1946 78 t. COLUMBIA 20119 / 37341 (US) . Drunkards Grave / I Want To Be Loved
1947 78 t. COLUMBIA 20192 / 37583 (US) . We're Living In The Last Days Now / Whiskey Is The Devil
1947 78 t. COLUMBIA 20374 / 37927 (US) . I Guess I'll Go On Dreaming / There's Tears In My Eyes
1947 78 t. COLUMBIA 20387 / 37964 (US) . Do You Expect A Reward From God / Ashamed To Own The Blessed Saviour
1947 78 t. COLUMBIA 20408 / 38098 (US) . Remember Me / Pretty Flowers
1947 78 t. KING 752 (US) . Broken Marriage Vows / Everybody Knew The Truth But Me
1947 78 t. KING 753 (US) . Down The Valley Of The Shadow / Something Got A Hold Of Me
1948 78 t. COLUMBIA 20429 (US) . Sinner Kneel Down And Pray / If You Have Retreated From God
1948 78 t. COLUMBIA 20457 (US) . My Heart Echoes / Will The Angels Have A Sweetheart
1948 78 t. COLUMBIA 20493 (US) . Has The Devil Got A Mortgage On You / Building On The Sands
1949 78 t. COLUMBIA 20529 (US) . Come To The Savior / Read Romans 10 And 9
1949 78 t. COLUMBIA 20566 (US) . Oh So Many Tears / You'll Always Be The Only One
1950 SP KING 929 (US) . Building On Sand / He'll Strike You Down
1950 SP KING 933 (US) . When He Calls His Reapers / Throne Eternal
1950 SP KING 938 (US) . Romans Ten And Nine / What Will You Be Doing Then
1951 SP KING 962 (US) . Somebody Praying For You / Ashamed To Own The Blessed Saviour
1951 SP KING 985 (US) . An Empty Mansion / Daniel Prayed
1951 SP KING 1015 (US) . We're Living In The Last Days Now / Jesus Is The One
1952 SP KING 1130 (US) . She Has Forgotten / The Future Holds Nothing For Me
1953 SP KING 1207 (US) . There's A Difference In Religion / I Can't Help What Others Do
1953 SP KING 1219 (US) . Bull Frog Boogie / We'll Never Part
1953 SP KING 1242 (US) . That's What We Need / Jesus Blood
1953 SP KING 1273 (US) . Avenue Of Prayer / There's A Hand Writing On The Wall
1954 SP KING 1317 (US) . Muddy Sea Of Sin / Watch And Pray
1954 SP KING 1358 (US) . Standing Somewhere In The Shadows / Goodbye Hallelujah I'm Gone
1957 SP DECCA 9-30342 (US) . Johnnie BAILES - I Owe It Too My Heart / You Make Me Live Again
1958 SP DECCA 9-30635 (US) . Johnnie BAILES - So Much / It's Bound To Happen
1959 SP DECCA 9-30999 (US) . Johnnie BAILES - Hula Star / The Ballad Of Honest Abe
195? EP AUDIO 24 (US) THE BAILES BROTHERS
195? EP AUDIO 28 (US) THE BAILES BROTHERS
195? EP AUDIO 29 (US) THE BAILES BROTHERS
1961 SP BRIAR 45 109 (US) .

Lost Love / Words Cannot Express 

1969 ? EP LOYAL 185 (US)

Paul's Ministry / Then The Answer Came / You've Been A Blessing To Me / Somebody's Praying For You 

1973 SP STARDAY 958 (US) . Jesus Hold My Hand / How Do You Talk To A Baby
1973 SP STARDAY 976 (US) . Walter BAILES - Dust On The Bible / Lord Of My Life

Albums

1959 LP 12" AUDIO AL 1511 (US) AVENUE OF PRAYER - There's A Difference Between Religion And Salvation / Roman's Ten And Nine / Somebody's Praying For You / Jesus Is the One / Jesus' Blood / An Empty Mansion / Daniel Prayed / Building On The Sand / Goodbye Hallelujah I'm Gone / That's What We Need / Avenue Of Prayer / Ashamed To Own The Blessed Savior
1965 LP 12" LOYAL ? (US) GOSPEL SINGING BUDDIES
1967 LP 12" LOYAL ? (US) WALTER BAILES SINGS MIRACLE WORKER
1968 LP 12" LOYAL 129 (US) BAILES BROTHERS - Ashamed To Own The Blessed Savior / I Have Dusted Off The Bible / The Light In The Sky / There's A Hand Writing On The Wall / We're Living In The Last Days Now / I've Got My One Way Ticket To The Sky / The Drunkard's Grave / All The Way 
1969 ? LP 12" LOYAL 131 (US) RABE PERKINS & WALTER BAILES - Father's Table Grace (Frankie BAILES) / Found Wanton (Walter & Frankie BAILES) / If You Have Retreated From God (BAILES BROTHERS) / Little Jim (Frankie BAILES) / Rank Stranger / Oh Lord We Tried Walter & Frankie BAILES)
1973 LP 12" STARDAY S-476 (mono) / SLP-476 (stereo) (US) GOSPEL REUNION - Jesus Hold My Hand / Remember Me / Dust On The Bible / Building On The Sand / Sweeter Than The Flowers / Last Night I Was Loved In By God / Ashamed To Own The Blessed Saviour / How Do You Talk To A Baby / He Will Set Your Fields On Fire / I Know It Was You / I Want To Be Loved / I Know Something Good About You
1974 LP 12" STARLIT 1003 (US) THE WALTER BAILES SINGERS
1975 LP 12" OLD HOMESTAD OHCS-103 (US) THE BAILES BROTHERS - JOHNNY & HOMER - LIMITED COLLECTOR'S EDITION - Program I : How Many Biscuits Can You Eat / Silver Trumpet / Tell Me Now (Or Tell Me Never) / That Beautiful Picture / How Many Biscuits Can You Eat / Program II : Remenber Me / I Love Her More Now Mother's Old / It's So Hard To Smile / I'll Shout And Shine / Roadside Rag / Remember Me / Program I : Remember Me / White Dove / I Can't Help It If I Cry / I Need The Prayers / Remember Me / Program II : Remember Me / Remember Me / Train No. 111 / You'll Understand / I've Got My One Way Ticket / Remember Me
1976 LP 12" OLD HOMESTAD OHS-70009 (US) I'VE GOT MY ONE-WAY TICKET - Kyle & Walter BAILES - Mommy Please Wake Up / Out Of Darkness / Whiskey Is The Devil / He’ll Go With You, etc...
1977 LP 12" OLD HOMESTAD OHCS-104 (US) EARLY RADIO FAVORITES - Johnny & Homer BAILES - As Long As I Live / Ashamed To Own The Blessed Savior / Building On The Sand / Do You Expect A Reward From God / The Drunkard's Grave / Dust On The Bible / I Guess I'll Go On Dreaming / I Want To Be Loved / I've Got My One Way Ticket / If You Have Retreated From God / Oh, So Many Years / Read Romans Ten And Nine / Searching For A Soldier's Grave / Send Me Your Address From Heaven / There's Tears In My Eyes All The Time / We're Living In The Last Days Now / Whiskey Is The Devil / You'll Always Be The Only One 
1977 LP 12" OLD HOMESTAD OHCS-109 (US) EARLY RADIO FAVORITES, VOL. 2 - Johnny & Walter BAILES - Thank God For A Mother Like Mine / Come To The Saviour / The Letter I Never Mailed / Has The Devil Got A Mortgage On You / The Gloryland Way / My Heart Echoes / John Henry / I Saw The Light / Pretty Flowers / You Can't Go Half Way And Get In / Sinner Kneel Down And Pray / Tramp On The Street / Will The Angels Have A Sweetheart
1977 LP 12" WHITE DOVE ? (US) JOHNNIE AND HOMER
1977 LP 12" WHITE DOVE ? (US) JOHNNIE AND HOMER VOL. 2
1978 LP 12" ORIGINAL ? (US) FOUR BAILES BROTHERS
1979 LP 12" OLD HOMESTAD 70023 (US) REUNION
1982 LP 12" OLD HOMESTAD  OHS-70043 (US) TENDERLY HE WATCHES - Homer BAILES - Tenderly He Watches / Do You Know My Jesus ? / I Will Follow Jesus / I Want To Stroll Over Heaven / How Great Thou Art / Sitting At The Feet of Jesus / Is Your All At The Altar / No One Ever Cared Like Jesus / Tears Will Never Stain The Streets / The Old Rugged Cross Made The Difference / The Great Jidgement Morning 
198? LP 12" OLD HOMESTAD  OHS-70097 (US) THE BAILES BROTHERS - WALTER & HOMER - Sweeter Than The Flowers / You Pray For Your Family / Gentle Hands / Got My One Way Ticket / He'll Strike You Down / I'll Be Right On Time / Do Yoy Expect A Reward / Try A Little Love / Answer Me SPEEDIY Lord / Sreets Of Gold / The Great Judgement Morning / Rocking On The Waves
1983 2 LP 12" WHITE DOVE WDR-1000/1027 (US) YESTERYEARS & TODAY
19?? LP 12" WHITE DOVE WDR-106 (US) BLUEGRASS GOSPEL - Walter BAILES
19?? LP 12" ORIGINAL C-2027 (US) IT TAKES A LOVE OF LIVING TO LEARN - Walter BAILES
19?? LP 12" ORIGINAL OR-1001 (US) 30 YEARS OF RECORDING (1947-1977)
19?? LP 12" ORIGINAL OT LP-126 (US) THE BAILES BROTHERS
19?? LP 12" LOYAL LRLP-232 (US) I'LL PRAY FOR YOUR FAMILY
19?? LP 12" HERITAGE 30 (US) THE BAILES BROTHERS & LEE MOORE
199? CD CATTLE CCD 227 (DE) THE BAILES BROTHERS SINGS THEIR HEARTS OUT FOR YOU - Come To The Savior / Remember Me / Has The Devil Got A Mortgage On You ? / My Heart Echoes / You Can't Go Half Way (And Get In) / Pretty Flowers / Sinner Kneel Down And Pray / Will The Angels Have A Sweethearts ? / Fare The Well / Down Where The River Bends / Broken Marriage Vows / Broken Marriage Vows (#2) / Something Got Hold Of Me / If You Have Retreated From God / Down The Valley Of The Shadows / Everybody Knew The Truth But Me / Whiskey Is The Devil (In Liquid Form) / As Long As I Live / Oh So Many Years / I Want To Be Loved (But Only By You)
11/2002 CD BEAR FAMILY BCD 15973 (DE) OH SO MANY YEARS - The Drunkard's Grave / Searching For A Soldier's Grave / As Long As I Live / Dust On The Bible / There's Tears In My Eyes All The Time / Fare Thee Well / I've Got My One Way Ticket To The Sky / I Want To Be Loved (But Only By You) / Down Where The River Bends / I Guess I'll Go On Dreaming / Whiskey Is The Devil (In Liquid Form) / Broken Marriage Vows / Building On The Sands / We're Living In The Last Days Now / You'll Always Be The Only One / Oh So Many Years / If You Have Retreated From God / Ashamed To Own The Blessed Savior / Do You Expect A Reward From God / Read Roman Ten And Nine / Come To The Savior / Remember Me / Has The Devil Got A Mortgage On You / My Heart Echoes / You Can't Go Half Way / Pretty Flowers / Sinner Kneel Down And Pray / Will The Angels Have A Sweetheart

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