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The Very Best Of

The Delmore Brothers

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Album Review

This collection contains the Mills Brothers' classic recordings of "Lazy River," "Basin Street Blues," and "The Glow Worm," which was a huge hit in 1952. It sticks pretty much to the group's pop side, however, and any comprehensive look at this amazing vocal group should include a sampling of their 1930s jazz tracks. This will do, though, for listeners looking for just a sampling of the hits.

Biography

Formed: 1926 in Elkmont, AL

Genre: Country

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s

The Delmore Brothers are not nearly as well-known as such early country giants as the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Wills, and Hank Williams. The reasons for this, upon close inspection of their work, are not readily apparent. They were one of the greatest early country harmonizers, drawing from both gospel and Appalachian folk. They were skilled songwriters, penning literally hundreds of songs, many of which have proven to be durable. Most important, they were among the few early traditional...
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