Curly Fox

Date: 1986 July 10
Length: 180 min.
Call Number: OHC120

Biography

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 July 10
(3 hours)
Country fiddler Curly Fox discusses his career. Topics discussed include recording with the Shelton Brothers; playing his version of “Mockingbird” for the first time at a fiddlers’ contest; playing against violinist David Rubinoff on shows promoted by Larry Sunbrock; memories of musicians he’s played with, including Bradley Kincaid, Banjo Murphy, and Lloyd George (Lonzo of Lonzo and Oscar); the finances and logistics of WSM/Grand Ole Opry tent shows; recording for King Records and dealing with King founder Syd Nathan; his relationship with Fred Rose; Jim Denny’s attempts to get Fox and Texas Ruby on the Grand Ole Opry’s network “Prince Albert Show”; television shows in New York and Houston; and his admiration for George Jones.