Groupe Country US, composé de Albert Green Hopkins (1889 - 21 Octobre 1932), Joe Hopkins, Alonzo Elvis “Tony” Alderman (10 Septembre 1900 - 25 Octobre 1983), John Rector (décédé le 28 Août 1985) et Charlie Bowman, fiddle (30 Juillet 1899 - 20 Mai 1962). Ils ont utilisé les noms de Hill Billies et Al Hopkins and His Bucke Busters. Le groupe a été dissous en 1932 quand Al Hopkins est décédé dans un accident d'auto.

US Country group, the first use of “Hill Billy” on a phonograph record was made less out of intention than convenience, when after their second recording session (the first had been a failure) Ralph Peer asked what he should call the group, and got the response “We’re nothing but a bunch of hillbillies from North Carolina and Virginia. Call us anything.” The band that would become, at turns, The Hill Billies, Al Hopkins’ Original Hill Billies, and Al Hopkins and His Buckle Busters, was not initially at ease with the “hillbilly” appelation – it was considered, at best, humorously pejorative to these musicians who thought of themselves and their music as anything but unsophisticated. Nonetheless, the name stuck and was greeted with good-natured approval back home.
The Hill Billies formed out of a Galax, Virginia barbershop in 1924, when guitarist Joe Hopkins went to get his hair cut and met barber Tony Alderman, who played the fiddle. The two hit it off immediately, and soon Joe’s brother Al, a pianist, and John Rector, a local shopkeeper and banjo player, joined in. Al became the leader of the group, considered distinctive for their incorporation of piano, an instrument not typically associated with the Appalachian fiddle tunes in which the group specialized. By the late 1920s the group had recorded for Okeh (with Peer), VOCALION, and Brunswick, received substantial radio play, and become regulars at fiddler’s conventions, vaudeville shows, and political rallies. In 1925 they added a second fiddle player, Charlie Bowman, to fill out their sound. Their frequent appearances on Washington, D.C.’s WRC radio station may have strengthened the connection between the term “hillbilly” and the type of music listeners were hearing increasingly over the airwaves by the mid-1920s.
The Hill Billies recorded and performed, under their various names, until 1932, when Al Hopkins was killed in a car accident.

Talents : Al Hopkins : Piano - Joe Hopkins : Guitar - Alonzo Elvis “Tony” Alderman : Fiddle - John Rector : 5-String Banjo - Charlie Bowman : Fiddle

Style musical : Old-Time

MOUNTAINEER LOVE SONG (1926) (Hill Billies)

CLUCK OLD HEN (1927) (Hill Billies)

RAGTIME COWBOY JOE (192?) (Hill Billies)

DOWN TO THE CLUB (1927) (Al Hopkins & His Buckle Busters)

WEST VIRGINIA GALS (1929)   (Al Hopkins & His Buckle Busters)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t.

1925 78 t. OKEH 40294 (US) HILL BILLIES - Old Time Cinda / Silly Bill
1925 78 t. OKEH 40336 (US) HILL BILLIES - Sally Ann / Cripple Creek
1925 78 t. OKEH 40376 (US) HILL BILLIES - Whoa! Mule / Old Joe Clark
1926 78 t. VOCALION 5016 (US) HILL BILLIES - Governor Alf Taylor's Fox Chase (HILL BILLIES) / East Tennessee Blues (HILLBILLIES)
1926 78 t. VOCALION 5017 (US) HILL BILLIES - Fisher's Hornpipe / Blue Eyed Girl
1926 78 t. VOCALION 5018 (US) HILLBILLIES - Betsy Brown / Kitty Wells
1926 78 t. VOCALION 5019 (US) HILL BILLIES - Kitty Waltz / Sally Ann
1926 78 t. VOCALION 5020 (US) HILL BILLIES - Cackling Hen / Donkey On The Railroad Track
1926 78 t. VOCALION 5021 (US) HILLBILLIES - Texas Gals / Going Down The Road Feeling Bad
1926 78 t. VOCALION 5022 (US) HILLBILLIES - Sourwood Mountain / Ragged Annie
1926 78 t. VOCALION 5023 (US) HILL BILLIES - Round Town Gals (HILL BILLIES) / Buck Eyed Rabbits (HILLBILLIES)
1926 78 t. VOCALION 5024 (US) HILL BILLIES - Cumberland Gap / Walking In The Parlor
1926 78 t. VOCALION 5025 (US) HILL BILLIES - Bristol Tennessee Blues / Cinda
1926 78 t. VOCALION 5115 (US) HILL BILLIES - Mountaineer Love Song / Cripple Creek
1926 78 t. VOCALION 5116 (US) HILLBILLIES - Mississippi Sawyer / Long Eyed Mule
1926 78 t. VOCALION 5117 (US) HILL BILLIES - Old Joe Clark (Vocals : Al HOPKINS) / Silly Bill
1927 78 t. VOCALION 5173 (US) Hear Dem Bells (HILL BILLIES) / Oh, Dem Golden Slipper (KANAWHA SINGERS (DALHART-ROB))
1927 78 t. VOCALION 5178 (US) HILL BILLIES - Sweet Bunch Of Daisies / Daisies Won't Tell
1927 78 t. VOCALION 5179 (US) HILL BILLIES - Cluck Old Hen / Black Eyed Susie
1927 78 t. VOCALION 5182 (US) HILL BILLIES - Georgia Buck / Baby, Your Time Ain't Long
1927 78 t. VOCALION 5183 (US) HILLBILLIES - Oh Where Is My Little Dog Gone? / Wasn't She A Dandy
1927 78 t. VOCALION 5186 (US) Darling Nellie Gray (HILL BILLIES) / Sleep Baby Sleep (HILLBILLIES)
1927 78 t. BRUNSWICK 103 (US) Al HOPKINS & BUCKLE BUSTERS - East Tennessee Blues / Round Town Girls
1927 78 t. BRUNSWICK 104 (US) Al HOPKINS & BUCKLE BUSTERS - Bristol Tennessee Blues / Buck Eyed Rabbits
1927 78 t. BRUNSWICK 105 (US) Al HOPKINS & BUCKLE BUSTERS - Cinda / Sally Ann
1927 78 t. BRUNSWICK 106 (US) Kitty Waltz (Chas BRONSON) / Governor Alf Taylor's Fox Chase (Al HOPKINS & BUCKLE BUSTERS)
1927 78 t. BRUNSWICK 174 (US) Al HOPKINS & BUCKLE BUSTERS - Sweet Bunch Of Daisies / The Daisies Won't Tell
1927 78 t. BRUNSWICK 175 (US) Al HOPKINS & BUCKLE BUSTERS - Cluck Old Hen / Black Eyed Susie
1927 78 t. BRUNSWICK 176 (US) Al HOPKINS & BUCKLE BUSTERS - When You Were Sweet 16 / Down The Meadow Lane
1927 78 t. BRUNSWICK 177 (US) Al HOPKINS & BUCKLE BUSTERS - C.C.& O Number 558 / Nine Pound Hammer
1927 78 t. BRUNSWICK 181 (US) Al HOPKINS & BUCKLE BUSTERS - She'll Be Coming 'round The Mountain / Hear Dem Bells
1927 78 t. BRUNSWICK 182 (US) Al HOPKINS & BUCKLE BUSTERS - Boatin' Up The Sandy / Bug In The Taters
1927 78 t. BRUNSWICK 183 (US) Al HOPKINS & BUCKLE BUSTERS - Baby Your Time Ain't Long / Georgia Buck
1927 78 t. BRUNSWICK 184 (US) Al HOPKINS & BUCKLE BUSTERS - Down To The Club / Feller That Looked Like Me
1927 78 t. BRUNSWICK 185 (US) Al HOPKINS & BUCKLE BUSTERS - Darling Nellie Gray / Sleep Baby Sleep
1927 78 t. BRUNSWICK 186 (US) Al HOPKINS & BUCKLE BUSTERS - Roll On The Ground / Ride That Mule
1927 78 t. BRUNSWICK 187 (US) Al HOPKINS & BUCKLE BUSTERS - Wasn't She A Dandy? / Where Has My Little Dog Gone
1927 78 t. BRUNSWICK 189 (US) Hear Them Bells (Al HOPKINS & BUCKLE BUSTERS) / Them Golden Slippers (KANAWHA SINGERS)
1928 78 t. VOCALION 5240 (US) She'll Be Comin' Round The Mountain ((HILL BILLIES) / Jerusalem Mourn (CAPLINGER CUMBERLAND MTN.ENT)
1928 78 t. BRUNSWICK 295 (US) Al HOPKINS & BUCKLE BUSTERS - Gideon's Band / Old Dan Tucker
1929 78 t. BRUNSWICK 300 (US) Al HOPKINS & BUCKLE BUSTERS - Blue Bell / Old Uncle Ned
1929 78 t. BRUNSWICK 318 (US) Al HOPKINS & BUCKLE BUSTERS - Carolina Moonshiner / West Virginia Gals
1929 78 t. BRUNSWICK 321 (US) Al HOPKINS & BUCKLE BUSTERS - Polka Medley / Marsovia Waltz
1929 78 t. BRUNSWICK 335 (US) Al HOPKINS & BUCKLE BUSTERS - Medley Of Old Time Dance Tunes / Wild Hoss

Albums

1974 LP 12" COUNTRY 405 (US) WORLD FAMOUS HILL-BILLIES ARE COMING! - Johnson Boys / Cindy / Fisher's Hornpipe / Soldier's Joy Medley  / Silly Bill / Black-Eyed Susie / Sally Ann / Bristol Tennessee Blues / Cluck Old Hen / C.C. & O. # 558 / Texas Gals / Round Town Gals
12/1999 CD DOCUMENT ? (UK) THE HILL BILLIES / AL HOPKINS & BUCKLE BUSTERS - 1925-1926 - VOL. 1 - Old Joe Clark(HILL BILLIES) / Silly Bill (HILL BILLIES) / Cripple Creek (HILL BILLIES) / Whoa Mule (HILL BILLIES) / Sally Ann (HILL BILLIES) / Old Time Cinda (HILL BILLIES) / Mountaineer's Love Song (HILL BILLIES) / Old Joe Clark (HILL BILLIES) / Silly Bill (HILL BILLIES) / Long-Eared Mule (HILL BILLIES) / Cripple Creek (HILL BILLIES) / Mississippi Sawyer (HILL BILLIES) / Hickman Rag (Charlie BOWMAN) / Possum Up A Gum Stomp, Cooney In The Hollow (Charlie BOWMAN) / Fisher's Hornpipe (HILL BILLIES) / Cackling Hen (HILL BILLIES) / East Tennessee Blues (HILL BILLIES + Al HOPKINS & BUCKLE BUSTERS) / Governer Alf Taylor's Fox Chase (HILL BILLIES) / Walking In The Parlor (HILL BILLIES) / Blue Eyed Girl (HILL BILLIES) / Cinda (HILL BILLIES + Al HOPKINS & BUCKLE BUSTERS) / Bristol Tennessee Blues (HILL BILLIES + Al HOPKINS & BUCKLE BUSTERS) / Round Town Girls (HILL BILLIES + Al HOPKINS & BUCKLE BUSTERS)
07/2000 CD DOCUMENT ? (UK) THE HILL BILLIES / AL HOPKINS & BUCKLE BUSTERS - 1926-1927 - VOL. 2 - Buck-Eyed Rabbits / Cumberland Gap / Sourwood Mountain / Ragged Annie / Texas Gals / Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad / Sally Ann / Betsy Brown / Kitty Wells / Kitty Waltz / Donkey On The Railroad Track / Blue Ridge Mountain Blues / Sweet Bunch Of Daisies / Daisies Won't Tell / Down To The Club / Sleep Baby Sleep / Black Eyed Suzie / Cluck Old Hen / Nine Pound Hammer / Whoa, Mule / Echoes Of The Chimes / Boatin' Up Sandy / Johnson Boys
07/2000 CD DOCUMENT ? (UK) HILL BILLIES / AL HOPKINS & BUCKLE BUSTERS - 1927-1928 - VOL. 3 - Hear Dem Bells / Georgie Buck / The Feller That Looked Like Me / C. C. & O. No. 558 / Darling Nellie Gray / She'll Be Comin' 'round The Mountain / Ride That Mule / Bug In The Taters / Baby Your Time Ain't Long / Oh Where Is My Little Dog Gone) / Wasn't She A Dandy / Roll On The Ground / When You Were Sweet Sixteen / Down The Old Meadow Lane / Gideon's Band / Old Dan Tucker / Old Uncle Ned / West Virginia Gals / Blue Bell / Carolina Moonshiner / Polka Medley / Marosovia Waltz / Wild Hoss / Medley Of Old Time Dance Tunes
01/2005 CD BACM 004 (UK) TRAIL OF THE LONESOME PINE - The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine / Night Falls On The Prairie / The Range Beyond The Sky / The Sunset Trail / Ragtime Cowboy Joe / Twilight On The Trail / Ride Tenderfoot, Ride / Empty Saddles In The Old Corral / Cowboy / Covered Wagon Home / In Ole Oklahoma / Riding The Range In The Sky / Moonlight On The Prairie / Blazin' The Trail / Little Mountain Cabin / Memories Of An Old Cowhand / Ridin' Home / Paradise Trail / Underneath A Western Sky / Sing, You Cowboy

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