Bill Bolick remembered

Bill Bolick, who with his brother Earl performed for years as The Blue Sky Boys, was remembered in today’s (3/16) edition of The Hickory Record. He passed away on Thursday at the age of 90.

He and his late brother, Earl Bolick, grew up in west Hickory, where their father’s battery-powered radio and a $4.95 mail-order banjo ignited a spark that boosted the brothers first to statewide radio fame and later to national stardom.

Bill Bolick eventually got a guitar, too, but traded it for his brother’s mandolin. The two instruments and the two west Hickory voices created a style that stood out from the many brother duets of the 1930s and ’40s.

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