Ball, Estil C.

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Ball, Estil C. Gender: M
Estil Cortez Ball
born on 1 October 1913 at 01:00 (= 01:00 AM )
Place Rugby (Grayson County), Virginia, 36n37, 81w27
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 07°27' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 22°12 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 01°17'


American singer-songwriter, fingerstyle guitarist, and country gospel and folk musician. From the mid-1950s until 1975, Ball performed with his wife Orna and their Friendly Gospel Singers in churches and on the radio.

County Records released Ball's first LP in 1967, as E.C. Ball and the Friendly Gospel Singers. Two more LPs followed in the 1970s on Rounder Records: E.C. Ball and Fathers Have A Home Sweet Home. Ball was also recorded by John Cohen for his 1975 compilation album High Atmosphere: Ballads and Banjo Tunes from Virginia and North Carolina.

E.C. Ball's most famous composition was a piece he called "Tribulations," based, as he told Alan Lomax in 1959, "on the last book in the Bible: Revelations." It has been frequently covered by other musicians as "Trials, Troubles, Tribulations."

Ball died on 14 July 1978, aged 64, in Grassy Creek, North Carolina.

In December 2009, a tribute album was released, Face A Frowning World: An E.C. Ball Memorial Album, on the Tompkins Square label, produced by Nathan Salsburg. Singers interpreting songs from E.C.'s repertoire include Jolie Holland, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Jon Langford, the Handsome Family, Rayna Gellert, and Catherine Irwin, among others.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate stating birth place only as Grayson County, although parents' residence is given as Rugby.


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Country-Western
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Folk Music
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo (Friendly Gospel Singers)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Fingerstyle guitarist)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.