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BILL GRANT AND DELIA BELL

  • From Hugo, Oklahoma.
  • 1960, Bill Grant and Delia Bell began singing together on a Hugo radio program called The Dixie Hayride. They continued performing together for more than 55 years.
  • Grant is part Choctaw Indian.
  • Bell’s given name: Francis Leona Bell. “Delia” was a nickname.
  • Grant was recognized as “Ambassador of Bluegrass Music” by three Oklahoma governors.
  • Grant lives on a 360-acre cattle ranch near Hugo, which has been in his family for more than 100 years.
  • For more then 30 years (1969-2003), Grant hosted one of the biggest bluegrass festivals in the country on his ranch. He called the festival site Salt Creek Park.
  • Bill Grant and Delia Bell had a band called The Kiamichi Mountain Boys, named after the mountains near their home.
  • 1982, Emmylou Harris produced a solo album for Delia Bell, released on the Warner Brothers label. It reached #35 on the Billboard charts. Emmylou said of Delia Bell: “If Kitty Wells and Hank Williams had had a child—if somehow their voices had been able to spawn a woman singer—Delia Bell would be it.”
  • 2006, they stopped performing for health reasons.
  • 2006, Grant received IBMA’s Distinguished Achievement Award.
  • 2008, Grant was recognized as a “Pioneer of Bluegrass Music” by the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky.
  • They recorded more than a dozen albums for their own label Kiamichi Records as well as albums by County Records, Rebel Records, Rounder Records and Warner Brothers.
  • 2009, released Dreaming album (Rounder).
  • 2019, Delia Bell passed away at the age of 83.
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