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Grady and Hazel Cole:

A Guide to Their Papers at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University Library
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
Fax: 404-413-2881

August 13, 1987

Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 from HTML source, June 30, 2008.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:Cole, Grady
Title:Grady and Hazel Cole papers
Dates: circa 1935-1976
Quantity: .4 linear ft. (in 1 boxes)
Abstract: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.
Identification: M050

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, Jack.

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).

Index Terms

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 : Atlanta, Ga.)
Country music--Georgia--Atlanta--20th century.
Gospel music--Southern States.
Atlanta (Ga.)


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.

Administrative Information


[item], [folder title], Grady and Hazel Cole Papers, M050, Popular Music Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Jack Cole, October 22, 1985 (M1985-18).

Processing Information

Processed by Christopher Ann Paton and Christine de Catanzaro, August 13, 1987 (revised August 1998). EAD finding aid create by William Hardesty, June 2008.

Related Material

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

Separated material: During processing, cassette tapes were separated to Popular Music Collection Sound Recordings. See List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.

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