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Roy Cecil Harvey (born March 24, 1892 - died July 11, 1958) was an American old time guitar player, singer and

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songwriter. He was the guitarist with Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers and also recorded on his own, appearing on more than 200 records between 1926 and 1931.

Musical career[]

Harvey was born in Greenville, Monroe County in southeastern West Virginia on March 24, 1892. He played guitar from an early age, but spent much of his youth and early adulthood as a worker for the Virginian Railway, starting as a fireman and eventually becoming the railroad's youngest engineer. In 1923, he lost his job after walking out during a rail strike. Two years later, while operating a streetcar, he struck up a friendship with Charlie Poole and two other members of the North Carolina Ramblers. At the time, he was also working as a salesman in a music shop, where he supplemented his musical knowledge by becoming familiar with the day's most popular records, as well as sheet music dating back to the previous century. Harvey began playing with the North Country Ramblers in 1926. An astute businessmen, he also recorded on his own for Columbia Records, backed by other seasoned hillbilly musicians. Harvey's most significant recordings were made in 1929 and 1930. He cut his last records the next year and drifted off into obscurity.

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