Final Notes, Harry West

Banjo player, mandolinist, and music store proprietor Harry West died on January 25, at the age of 87. He was the longtime co-owner of Harry & Jeanie West Fine Musical Instruments, located in downtown Statesville, North Carolina. West was born in Germany, and served in the US Army. He met his future wife Jeanie (whose family name is also West) in Asheville, North Carolina, where they married in 1951. The Wests performed as a traditional music duo for many years, appearing regularly at the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in Asheville. Among their recordings are Favorite Gospel Songs and Songs of the Southland, recorded for Folkways in 1957 and 1963, respectively. Harry was a collector and dealer of musical instruments for nearly 70 years. Jeanie West and their son James continue to operate the family business in Statesville.

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