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Holcomb, Roscoelocked

(1913–25 February 1981)
  • Richard Carlin

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Holcomb, Roscoe (1913–25 February 1981), singer and banjo player, was born in Daisy, Kentucky, near the town of Hazard, the son of a coal miner. (His parents’ names are unknown.) Holcomb remembered hearing music from the time of his birth and was particularly impressed by a neighbor who played the harmonica (which he called a “mouth harp”). He received his first banjo at the age of ten and began accompanying a local fiddler at dances. Holcomb worked as a farm assistant as a teenager and then as a coal miner; he was employed as a miner for several decades. During slow times, he would work laying ties for the railroad....

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