Don Maddox, 1922-2021


The Modesto Radio Museum mourns the loss of Don Maddox, the last surviving member of “The Maddox Brothers and Rose.”

They began singing on KTRB in 1937, sponsored by Rice Furniture.   Radio propelled them into Central Valley Superstars, and Maddox Brothers and Rose went on to nationwide fame, with hit records and concerts throughout America.  They were favorites on The Louisiana Hayride and the Grand Ole Opry.

Don, second from the left, spent his final years in Ashland, Oregon.

Don had a wonderful career resurgence 50 years after his success with Maddox Bros and Rose, playing at the Britt Festival in Jacksonville, Oregon, opening for Big and Rich, performing at the Muddy Roots festival in Cookeville, Tennessee, in 2011 and 2012, playing on The Marty Stuart Show, and a receiving a standing ovation show at the Grand Ole Opry. He also performed in Las Vegas at the first annual Rockabilly Rockout at the Gold Coast Casino on October 5, 2014.

The Maddox Brothers on the air on KTRB!

From a broadcast, a medley of songs, and a promo for their sponsor:

Don was 98 years old.

Thanks to the Country Music Hall of Fame, you can see The Maddox Brothers and Sister Rose singing at the studios of KRDU Radio, Dinuba!  Also, see their multi-colored costumes.

Read the story of Maddox Brothers and Rose