The Blue Sky Boys Remembering Bill & Earl Bolick

Remembering Bill Bolick (October 28, 1917 – March 13, 2008), along with his brother Earl Bolick (November 16, 1919 – April 19, 1998)from East Hickory, formed an American country music duo, The Blue Sky Boy, whose careers spanned over forty years. They made their first recordings in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 16, 1936. Due to personal issues, the Blue Sky Boys retired in 1951.
Bill became a postal clerk in his birth state and Earl took a job at Lockheed Aircraft in Atlanta. It was not until 1962, when Starday Records released an LP of their radio recordings, that they decided to reunite and record again. by the end of the 1960s they had decided to call it quits again. Once more, in 1975, they were convinced to record again, this time for Rounder Records, and another round of folk and bluegrass circuit touring ensued. Following this Bill moved back to his birthplace and lived in Longview NC and Earl retired to Tucker, Georgia. In the 1990s, Copper Creek Records issued a series of four albums with live radio transcriptions from the 1940s.


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I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie

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