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Ray Hayworth, a High Point native, spent fifteen years as a major league baseball player with the Detroit Tigers and Brooklyn Dodgers. He started in 1926 and retired as an active player in 1945. One of baseball's best photographs shows Hayworth tagging Babe Ruth out at home plate during a game in 1934. At age 96, Hayworth is the last living teammate of Baseball Hall-of-Famer Ty Cobb.
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North Carolina has a rich musical heritage. There is definitely something for everybody. Symphonic music is heard in smaller towns as well as larger ones. Seven opera companies perform across the state. Composers, such as Robert Ward, create new compositions. Lovers of the blues can hear the music of Scott Ainslee, Etta Baker, and George Higgs. Bluegrass lovers can find a wealth of musicians playing across the state including bands like Molasses Creek and the Shady Grove Band.
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Many well-known bands played in North Carolina towns during the Big Band era, when dances were often held in tobacco warehouses. Two towns were notable, but for different reasons. Rocky Mount was the hometown of famous bandleader Kay Kyser and the site of two big annual dances, the June-German Ball and the Gallopade Spring Festival. Ahoskie was the incubator of a big band. It was here that Bob Crosby, Bing's younger brother, assembled his band in 1935, polishing it with daily performances for six weeks before hitting the big band circuit.
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Curtis Ingram of Thomasville has a dream - to create a North Carolina Music Hall of Fame to honor the music and memory of the state's musicians. Although the hall incorporated in 1994 and received a $50,000 legislative grant in 1997, there is still no building in which to put the hall. Organizers hope fund-raisers and more publicity will generate funds to build the hall in 2001. The first seven inductees of the hall were inducted on September 25, 1999. They are Kay Kyser, Charlie Daniels, Billy Scott, Victoria Livengood, Loonis McGlohon, Bill Griffin, and the Chairmen of the Board beach band.
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Western Carolina traditional country and mountain music singers Scott and Eleanor Cooper Wiseman performed under the names Lula Belle and Scotty. For almost 30 years from the 1930s to the 1950s, they were a mainstay of the \"National Barn Dance\" radio program, performing traditional music and their own compositions. Wiseman's most famous composition is \"Have I Told You Lately That I Love You.\" This singing duo brought Appalachian music into mainstream American culture.
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Trips when he was a youth to visit relatives along the North Carolina-Virginia border created in New York-born Paul Brown a love for traditional music. In 1980, he left the North to settle in the Mt. Airy area. Brown is a master banjoist, album producer, and radio star, who knows the old music and the people who play it. He has received several North Carolina Arts Council grants to record traditional music.
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From the 1920s through 1940s, Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were hotbeds for student orchestras. A number of orchestra members went on to fame during the Big Band era, including bandleaders Kay Kyser, Hal Kemp, and Johnny Long, and John Scott Trotter, who was Bing Crosby's musical director and arranger, and Skinny Ennis, who led Bob Hope's radio orchestra.
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Traditional music, which includes ballads, gospel music, and string-bands, is music that is not only shaped by a community, but also varies from place to place. String-band music, played on the fiddle, banjo, guitar, and other stringed instruments, is one of North Carolina's best-known music styles. Through CDs and the Internet, traditional music has gained a wider audience of listeners.
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