Earnest Stacey - Harlin Kazy


Cleveland, late 1950s - 1960s

Harlin Kazy spent a couple generations as a country and bluegrass fiddle player and singer. During the late 1950s and into the 1960s he partnered with Earnest Stacey on guitar and vocals. Both Kazy and Stacey had lived in Cleveland's near west side which had a lot of transplants from Appalachia who brought their country music with them. 

The duo, with a couple other backing musicians, recorded a few quality 45s, one for Arvis in Cincinnati, one for Big Country, the country subsidiary of Hilltop records, one for Van, a short lived Cleveland label, and one on Harron, a Starday/Dixie custom label.

In the late 1960s Harlin Kazy started to work with local gospel artists like the Murdoch Brothers, and a project called Effort For Christ who released a couple different records. He contiued to perform for what seems to be pretty much his whole life in gospel groups until his death at the age of 90 in 2010.  It's not known to us what happened to Earnest Stacey. 

Discography:

Lonesome Highway / I've Tried - Arvis 109, May '60
No One Crying Over Me / Love Unclaimed - Van 2003, Aug '61
I Do / I Made Up My Mind - Harron 995, 1962
Wrong Side Of Town / Brought About The Blues - Big Country 1886, March '63