Humphrey Bate

Old-time music, Musical Artist

1875 – 1936

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Who was Humphrey Bate?

Humphrey Bate was an American harmonica player and string band leader. He was the first musician to play old-time music on Nashville-area radio, and is generally regarded as the first performer on what would eventually become the Grand Ole Opry. Bate and his band, which had been given the name "Dr. Humphrey Bate & His Possum Hunters" by Opry founder George D. Hay, remained regulars on the Grand Ole Opry until Bate's death in 1936. The band's recordings, while scant, are considered some of the most distinctive and complex string band compositions in the old-time genre.

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Born
May 25, 1875
Castalian Springs
Also known as
  • Dr. Humphrey Bate
  • Bate, Humphrey, Dr.
Education
  • Vanderbilt University
Died
Jun 12, 1936
Castalian Springs

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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