Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: April 26, 1897 - Philipine “Doc” Roberts

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From The Kentucky Encyclopedia -
Philipine ("Fiddlin' Doc") Roberts, musician, son of William and Rosa Roberts, was born in Madison County, Kentucky , on April 26, 1897. Considered Kentucky's outstanding fiddler, he performed with various other Kentuckians, including Edgar Boaz, Ted Chestnut, Dick Parman, Marion Underwood, Green Bailey, and Welby Toomey. In 1927 he teamed up with Asa Martin, who played the guitar, saw, and jug. He appeared on Nashville's " Grand Ole Opry" and on several other radio stations, including WLAP Lexington. Martin and Roberts recorded more than two hundred sides, under a dozen stage names, on eleven labels. They made up the Doc Roberts Trio along with Doc's son James Roberts, who later married Irene Amburgey and formed with her the gospel duo James and Martha Carson. Roberts died on August 4, 1978, and was buried in the Richmond Cemetery.

CHARLES F. FABER, Entry Author

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Old-Time Mountain Blues. County. Print.

Wolfe, Charles K. The Devil's Box : Masters of Southern Fiddling. 1st ed. Nashville: Country Music Foundation : Vanderbilt UP, 1996. Print.
ML3551.7.S68 W65 1997, Special Collections Research Center

Wolfe, Charles K. Kentucky Country : Folk and Country Music of Kentucky. Lexington, Ky.: U of Kentucky, 1982. Print.
ML3551 .W64 1982, Fine Arts Library

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