American country music artist and fiddler who was a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He released popular singles, including "There's a Big Wheel," which charted at #3.
He was a member of the Leary Family Singers when he was in high school. His connection to the Appalachian Mountains helped shape his sound.
He was once a cast member of WWVA Jamboree in 1947.
He married Wilma Lee Leary in 1939 and they had a daughter named Carol. Together they became one of the most popular country music acts from the 1940s until the 1960s.
He signed a record contract in 1948 with the help of Fred Rose.