Bill C. Malone

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Bill C. Malone (born August 25, 1934) is an American musician, author and historian specializing in country music and other forms of traditional American music, he is a noted scholar. He is the author of the 1968 book Country Music, U.S.A., the first definitive academic history of country music.[1] Malone is Professor Emeritus of History at Tulane University and now resides in Madison, Wisconsin.[2]


Malone was born on a cotton-growing tenant farm 20 miles west of Tyler, Texas in 1934 and grew up with music as "a constant companion".[3] After studying at community college, he enrolled in the University of Texas in 1956 and became a well-known singer in the Austin area, due in part to his encyclopedic repertoire of "hillbilly" songs he learned growing up.[3] He performed at Threadgill's beer joint in Austin and completed his Master's degree.[3] He was pleased when his faculty advisor suggested he write his doctoral dissertation on something he loved: "hillbilly", i.e., country, music.[3] His 1965 dissertation was published in 1968 as Country Music, U.S.A.[3]

Malone hosts a weekly radio show, "Back to the Country", on WORT–FM community radio in Madison, and performs country music with his wife, Bobbie Malone, playing mandolin and guitar.[4]


Malone was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1984 to assist his research in U.S. history.[5] In 2008, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for American Music.[6]

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ Book review of Country Music, U.S.A. Archived December 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. at This is Texas Music website, January 3, 2005. Retrieved 2011-09-18.
  2. ^ Moe, Doug. "For Malone, A Series of Noteworthy Events", at April 27, 2008. Retrieved 2011-09-18.
  3. ^ a b c d e Malone, Bill C. "Country Music Scholar", video interview with Malone Southern Spaces, January 20, 2006. Accessed 2011-09-18.
  4. ^ Bill C. Malone's facebook page Accessed 2011-09-18.
  5. ^ John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Fellowship Awards 1984 Archived 2011-06-28 at the Wayback Machine. searchable list. Accessed 2011-09-18.
  6. ^ "About the author" at googlebooks, CM,USA. Retrieved 2011-09-18.

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