Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Army 1
1915 1
Tennessee 1

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Fred Price 1
Level of Education: Grammar school 1
Marital Status: Single, with dependents 1
1915 1
Tennessee 1
Place: Johnson County, Tennessee 1

World War II 1

Army 1
Enlistment Date:
02 Sep 1942 1
Army Branch:
Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 1
Army Component:
Selectees (Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
34367866 1
Enlistment Place:
Ft Oglethorpe Georgia 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
Farm hands, general farms 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 0789 1
Film Reel Number: 3.211 1

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Fred Price, A Great Old Time Fiddler

Shouns, Johnson County, Tennessee

Born on July 16, 1915 in the heart of Southern Appalacjoa. Fred Price heard his mother sing old time mountain songs and pick the banjo when he was still a babe in arms.

Fred's father encouraged his son to take up the fiddle, which he carried in a sack when he visited his sisters on Sundays.When Fred entered the US Army during World War II, he was already a skilled fiddler; he entertained his fellow soldiers by playing old time fiddle tunes.

When he returned from service, Fred courted and married Mattie Howard, a first cousin of his friend and future playing partner Clint Howard in 1948. Fred and Clint met and played with Arthel "Doc" Watson from Deep Gap, North Carolina. When their neighbor Clarence Ashley, a veteran old time country musician was rediscovered by folk mysic collector Ralph Rinzler in 1960, Fred, Cllnt and Doc became Ashley's backup band. Never a fulltime professional musician, Fred Price made his living as a farmer and school bus driver. He died where he was born on September 13,1987.


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