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Frank Proffitt

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Frank Proffitt

Frank Proffitt has been played on NTS shows including Death Is Not The End, with Poor Ellen Smith first played on 18 November 2017.

Frank Proffitt (June 1, 1913 – November 24, 1965) was an Appalachian old time banjoist and performer at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival. He was a key figure in inspiring musicians of the 1960s and 1970s to play the banjo. He recorded the ballad "Tom Dooley" for Alan Lomax on one of his (Lomax's) song collecting trips.

Frank was born in Laurel Bloomery, Tennessee and was raised in the Reese area of North Carolina where he worked in a variety of jobs…

Poor Ellen Smith
Frank Proffitt
Folkways Records1962
Poor Ellen Smith
Frank ProffittFolkways Records1962