Benny Martin Fiddler

Benny Edward Martin (May 8, 1928 - March 13, 2001), was an American bluegrass fiddler who invented the 8-string fiddle. Born in Sparta, Tennessee, his father and two of his sisters played music professionally. From childhood, he learned the fiddle taught to him by Carl Alverson, Sr., of Sparta and ukulele, as well as the guitar and in his early teens left home to go to Nashville to pursue a full-time career as a country musician. Martin was working at radio station WLAC in Nashville, Tennessee in 1948 when he was asked to replace Bill Monroe's fiddler Chubby Wise who was going to leave the Bluegrass Boys. In 1949, he became a member of Don Reno's Tennessee Cutups. For the next seventeen years, until December 1966, Don Reno and Martin performed on and off together. In 1950, Martin joined Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain Boys on the Grand Ole Opry, staying with the group until the fall of 1951. During 1951, Martin appeared on all 20 songs at Roy Acuff's last three recording sessions for Columbia Records, playing fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and banjo. In 1952, he joined Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys cutting eight songs.

Personal details

Date of birth
May 8th, 1928
Place of birth
Sparta
Nationality
United States of America
Date of death
March 13th, 2001 at age of 72
Place of death
Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America
Places lived
Tennessee , United States, with Territories
pop. 6,495,978 (2013)

Musical acts

1.Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys Traditional bluegrass, Bluegrass

1948 - 1949

Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys is a musical group.

Member history

Member Role Start End
Mandolin 1938 September 9th, 1996
Guitar March, 1945 February, 1948
Banjo December, 1945 February, 1948
Joel Price
February, 1947 1951
March, 1948 July, 1949
January, 1948 1949
1949 August 3rd, 1951
1949 1955
April, 1949 December, 1949
1949 1956
1950 1951
October, 1951 1952
Joe Drumright
1951 1964
1951 1951
October, 1952 January, 1953
1952 1955
Leslie Sandy
1953 1957
1953 1956
1953 1964
Joe Stuart
1955 1973
Don Stover
1957 1957
1957 1984
Jimmy Elrod
1957 1965
Charles Smith
1958 1960
Dale Potter
1959 1960
Benny Williams
1961 1967
March, 1963 December, 1963
Guitar February, 1963 February, 1964
James Monroe
1964 1971
Lamar Grier
September, 1965 June, 1967
February, 1966 March 5th, 1967
October 14th, 1966 1967
Ernie Sykes
1996 1996
Robert Lee Pennington

Music albums

Album title Release date Release type Recording type Recording length Additional artists Contributors
Slumberin' on the Cumberland
Bluegrass
1979 Album
Pat Burton

Wikipedia

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