Thomas Edd Mayfield

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Thomas Edward "Edd" Mayfield
Born (1926-04-12)April 12, 1926
TexasDawn, Deaf Smith County, Texas, USA
Died July 7, 1958(1958-07-07) (aged 32)
West VirginiaBluefield, Mercer County, West Virginia
Residence United StatesDimmitt, Castro County, Texas
Nationality American
Occupation Musician
Religion Baptist
Spouse(s) Jo McLain Mayfield, later Jo Butler (married ca. 1948-his death)
Children

Freddie Calvin Mayfield

Carl Mayfield
Notes
(1) While his brothers, Herbert Mayfield and Smokey Mayfield, remained in West Texas, Edd Mayfield went on tour with Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys. (2) Edd Mayfield died within a week of having been diagnosed with leukemia while he was on concert with Monroe in West Virginia.

Thomas Edward "Edd" Mayfield (April 12, 1926 — July 7, 1958) was a Bluegrass singer and guitarist, mostly known for being a member of the Bill Monroe and Bluegrass Boys band during the 1950s. Edd Mayfield and two of his Texas brothers, Smokey Mayfield (1924–2008) of Spearman and Herbert E. Mayfield (1920–2008) of Dimmitt, were part of the Mayfield Brothers Country band in West Texas.

Biography[edit]

Mayfield was born in Dawn in Deaf Smith County southwest of Amarillo to William Fletcher Mayfield (died 1952) and the former Penelope Drake (died 1937). The family was involved in music, rodeo, and ranching. Mayfield served in the Pacific Theater of World War II.

The Mayfield Brothers were offered a recording contract but turned it down because of the business of the family's Green Valley Ranch. In the summer of 1951, Bill Monroe's guitarist, Carter Stanley, left the band, and Monroe, who had heard of Mayfield, offered him the vacant slot as guitarist in the Bluegrass Boys. At the time he joined the Bluegrass Boys, Edd Mayfield was described as "a handsome, tough-as-barbed-wire cowpuncher, who literally grew up on a ranch, who could ride hard, lasso accurately, and literally toss and tie up a bull. . . and had the wiry strength of a gymnast.”[1]

On October 28, 1951, Mayfield made the first of his nineteen recordings with "Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys", but he left the group within a year and was replaced by Jimmy Martin. In 1954, when Martin had left the band, Mayfield rejoined the Bluegrass Boys. A few months later he again quit.[2]

In early 1958, Mayfield returned to Monroe for the last time. He contracted leukemia, became ill while on the road with the band, and, within three days of being stricken, died at a hospital in Bluefield, West Virginia. He was thirty two.[3] Services for Mayfield were held at the First Baptist Church in Dimmitt. Burial was in Castro County Memorial Cemetery. Mayfield was married to the former Jo McLain and the couple had two sons, Freddie and Carl. After Mayfield's death his sons were raised by his brother Smokey.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Google Books, Can't You Hear Me Callin'?
  2. ^ Rosenberg, Neil V.; Wolfe, Charles K. (1989). Bill Monroe: Bluegrass 1950-58. Holste-Oldendorf, Germany: Bear Family Records GmbH. ISBN 978-3-924787-13-4. 
  3. ^ Joe Carr; Allan Munde. "The Mayfield Brothers". Hansford County Reporter-Statesman. Retrieved August 14, 2010.