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The Traditional Delta and Country Blues

Rufus & Ben Quillian

Rufus (b. February 2, 1900 in Gainesville, GA, d. 31 January 1946; piano, vocals) and Ben (b. June 23, 1907 in Gainesville, GA; vocals) worked in various combinations, but mostly in a group named the Blue Harmony Boys. This group, which also included other singers or musicians at various times, such as guitarist James McCrary, was notable in that the vocalists sang blues and related material in sweet, close harmonies. Ben was not with them at their first recording session in 1929, but was present at sessions in the following two years. The brothers were well known as performers around Atlanta at this time and had a regular spot on a local radio station. Although their material on record was of a goodtime nature, Rufus was also known for composing religious songs.