Curly Fox

Date: 1986 May 18
Length: 90 min.
Call Number: OHC118


Country music performer. Born November 9, 1910. Died November 10, 1995. Real name: Arnim LeRoy Fox. Career most active 1930s-1960s. Expert fiddler and performer. Performed with his wife as the popular 1940s and 1950s musical duo “Curly Fox & Texas Ruby.”

Interview Summary

1986 May 18
(1 hour, 30 minutes)
Country fiddler Curly Fox discusses his career. Topics include the complexity of country music; his family and growing up in Graysville, Tennessee; tunes he plays with Tom Morgan, and how he learned the tunes; memories of other musicians he’s played with, including A.A. Gray, John Simmons, Lowe Stokes, Bert Layne, and Earl Johnson; recalls Clayton McMichen and plays one of McMichen’s tunes; plays tunes his father taught him, including “Smoke Behind the Clouds.”