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D.Dixie Melody Boys
Dixie Melody Boys (1962-Present)
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The Dixie Melody Boys was organized in the spring of 1962 by then manager of the group Avis Adkins. Original members of the group were Avis singing lead, Ralph Walker at tenor, Gene Payne on baritone, Marvin Harris at bass and a young Tony Brown on piano. Tony went on to play with JD Sumner & the Stamps and later became a record producer in Nashville. The original group would go on to record three albums.
The Ed O'Neal era would begin in the late 1960s when he came to fill in for the group, a story he has relayed many times from the stage. He would eventually take ownership of the group and move them to Kinston North Carolina. Ed has been at the helm of the group now for over 40 years. Since their beginning the group has over 50 recordings to their credit.
The modern era of the group has dubbed Ed, the dean of Ed O'Neal University. Many talented individuals have sung with Ed O'Neal over the years, including McCray Dove, Rodney Griffin, Ernie Haase, Harold Reed, Devin McGlamery and Dustin Sweatman just to name a few.
Due to the large number of projects recorded by the Dixie Melody Boys, the discography section has been divided into separate pages by decade. Please click on one of the links below to access the decade you wish to view.