Members included Gary Gentry on Bass, Larry Gentry on Drums & Dale Gentry on Guitar. The brothers where born in Kentucky and Ohio and began playing music together at an very early age. Dale Gentry was only around 15 years old when he started playing guitar with Grand Ole Opry star Little Jimmy Dickens.
In early 1960 the Gentry Brothers did their first recording when they backed The Van Brothers (Arnold & Lee Van Winkle) on the now classic rockabilly song "Servant Of Love". This song is a good example of Dale`s incredible guitar playing. The record was recorded on the Muncie, Indiana based Poor Boy label, owned by country singer Wayne Raney.
Their next record was released almost one year later on the Dixie label with the two rockabilly style instrumentals "Swanky" and "Swooney". The pickers on this recording was Dale Gentry (Guitar), Gary Gentry (Bass-Guitar), Zandel Rainey (Piano & Vocals on Swooney) and Bobby Bailey on Drums.
After that the Gentry Brothers teamed up with Gil Richmond and Earl King and released several county records om the Walton label. One of the songs recorded on Walton in 1964, "Stop, Slow Down" was later also released on the Ohio based Fraternity Label. But the song was stopped before it hit the national public because of legal problems, and only a few records was pressed.
The Gentry Brothers got to play with many stars at the time and meet alot of people. Including Little Jimmy Dickens, George Jones, Chet Atkins & Hank Jr. Dale Gentry was asked to go on the road with some of the most famous country singers at the time. But he didnt want to go without his Brothers.
The Gentry Brothers are now listed in the Rockabilly Hall Of Fame for their contribution to the musical genre and their songs is being performed by rockabilly bands all around the world.
1962 Walton 005 - Uncle Orrie / The Gentry Bros - Uncle Sam / My Wildwood Flower
1964 Walton 007 - Gil Richmond & Earl King With The Gentry Brothers - Doing Things / Let Me Talk It Over With My Heart
1964 Walton 009 - Gil Richmond & Earl King With The Gentry Brothers - Stop, Slow Down / Your Favorite Fool
Thanks to Dale Gentry. You can hear many songs from the Gentry Brothers at his youtube channel: RutnRampage