Wednesday, September 9, 2009
RED FOLEY, COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAMER, HIS BOYHOOD HOME
AN OLD SIX OVER SIX PANE WINDOW IS SURROUNDED BY A MAZE OF PEELING PAINT.
More info on the sign --- "Foley helped found Renfro Valley Barn Dance in 1938. Hosted Grand Ole Opry's "Prince Albert Show, 1946" And a few other attributes were mentioned.
I realized this man had a large impact on country music. He was elected to the Hall Of Fame of Country Music, and I found out on internet later that he had many successful recordings post World War II. In fact 25 million records of his were sold during this time. Click here to listen to one of his popular songs, Old Shep. Later in his career he got into acting and was, again, successful in this genre.
What happened to this house? Next to the house, about 20 feet away, is an empty storefront that was once was a grocery and feed store that belonged to Red's parents. According to my research they were a musical family. The storefront has been updated and appears in good condition. Only the old bay front store windows hint at its time as Red's parents store.
However, the house needs lots of work. If not done soon it will fall into extreme decline. Then it will be difficult to imagine it as a boyhood home of a famous musician that lived here with his family as he was nurtured with his talent and dreams.