A Guide to Their Papers at Georgia State University
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August 13, 1987
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Grady and Hazel Cole
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Henry W. Grady Cole (1909-1981) was a
guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, who primarily performed with his wife,
Hazel. Later their son, Jackie, joined his parents as a performer. The Coles
became popular on Atlanta's WGST and later performed on WNOX in Knoxville,
Tennessee. The Cole papers include an autobiographical statement by Grady Cole,
correspondence, contracts, invoices, news clippings, sheet music and lyrics
written by the Coles and others, and 24 images of handbills, sheet music
covers, and pictures of the Coles and other musicians.
Scope and Content of the Papers
The printed portion of these papers is made up of nineteen folders
containing papers relating to the lives and careers of Grady and Hazel Cole.
The first folder contains a one-page undated excerpt from an autobiographical
statement by Grady Cole. The remainder consists of correspondence, contracts,
invoices, and news clippings, as well as single copies of sheet music, song
lyrics, and songbooks written by the Coles and other country musicians. All
these materials are photocopies of the originals provided by the Coles' son,
Two cassette tapes and twenty-four images form the non-print portion
of these papers. The tapes feature Grady, Hazel, and Jack Cole and their music;
the images include handbills, sheet music covers, and miscellaneous items, as
well as pictures of the Coles alone or with other country musicians. The images
are copies of the originals.
Biography of Grady and Hazel Cole
Henry W. Grady Cole was born August 26, 1909, in La Fayette, Georgia.
A self-taught guitarist and vocalist, Cole primarily performed with his wife,
Hazel, in a duet capacity and later as part of a trio when the Coles' son,
Jackie, joined his parents as a performer. Before working on Atlanta's WGST and
eventually, on WNOX in Knoxville, Tennessee, Grady Cole had written numerous
songs and published many popular music songbooks. While on WGST, the Coles
proved enormously popular, garnering more fan mail than any other group on the
station at the time. Besides performing as a duet act, Grady and Hazel Cole
worked with other acts, including the Blue Ridge Mountain Boys, Lost John
Miller and the Allied Kentuckians, and other solo performers such as Riley
Puckett and Gid Tanner. Grady Cole died on August 31, 1981.
Further information on Grady Cole can be found in Wayne Daniel,
Pickin' on Peachtree (Urbana and Chicago:
University of Illinois Press, 1990).
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the
Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring
materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog
using these headings.
Cole, Hazel (Hazel Key).
WSB (Radio station :
Restrictions on Access
Unrestricted access. All requests subject to limitations noted in
departmental policies on reproduction.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any
publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection,
the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical
property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from
this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright
holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must
contain the complete citation to the original.
[item], [folder title], Grady and Hazel Cole Papers, M050, Popular
Music Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University,
Donated by Jack Cole, October 22, 1985 (M1985-18).
Processed by Christopher Ann Paton and Christine de Catanzaro, August
13, 1987 (revised August 1998). EAD finding aid create by William Hardesty,
Related materials in this repository:
Wayne W. Daniel Papers, M108, Popular Music Collection
Also see the Atlanta Country Music Research Guide page on the Popular
Music Collection website.
Separated material: During processing,
cassette tapes were separated to Popular Music Collection Sound Recordings. See
List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the