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Frank Hovington

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Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #235 (February 12 at 8:00 p.m. and February 13 at 3:00 p.m.)

Born on January 9, 1919 in Reading, Pennsylvania, Frank Hovington was a tremendous country blues musician who was singing vividly and playing with flair well after the genre's heyday, Franklin "Frank" Hovington started on ukulele and banjo as a child.

He teamed with Willliam Walker in the late '30s and the '40s playing at house parties and dances in Frederica, DE. Hovington moved to Washington, D.C., in the late '40s, and backed such groups as Stewart Dixon's Golden Stars and Ernest Ewin's Jubilee Four. He also worked with Billy Stewart's band.

Hovington moved to Delaware in 1967, and was recorded by Flyright in 1975. His 1975 LP was a masterpiece, and alerted many in the blues community to his abilities. He passed away on June 21, 1982 in Felton, Deleware.

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