B.F. Shelton biography

B.F. Shelton

Folk music, Musical Artist

1902 – 1963

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Who was B.F. Shelton?

B. F. [Benjamin Frank] Shelton was an American singer and banjoist who recorded a number of songs for Victor Records at the Bristol Sessions in Bristol, Tennessee on July 29, 1927. Shelton traveled from Corbin, Kentucky where he worked as a barber to Bristol for the sessions with gospel singer and preacher Alfred Karnes. Four of the recordings survive today, "Darling Cora", "Pretty Polly", "Oh Molly Dear" and "Cold Penitentiary Blues". He recorded again, under the name Frank Shelton, for Columbia Records at the Johnson City Sessions in Johnson City, Tennessee in October 1928, but the recordings were not issued and have not survived. Shelton was born in Clay County, Kentucky and died in Whitley County, Kentucky.

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Born
Jan 1, 1902
Clay County
Also known as
  • BF Shelton
  • B. F. Shelton
  • Shelton, B.F.
Profession
Died
1963

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on July 23, 2013

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