Alvin J Stewart - Redd's Oldest Brother
(1916 – 1973)
The first Stewarts to gain more public notoriety for their talents were Al and his younger brother Eury, also known as Slim. They would strum their instruments while selling Courier-Journals on street corners around Louisville. They were featured on WHAS radio after a story in the Courier headlined “Al and Slim, the Courier Journal Singing Newsboys” put them in the spotlight.
Al would move on to play guitar for “Cliff Gross and the Texas Playboys.” In the 1930s, his daily routine included performances at Rhodes Burford Furniture Store in Louisville. Guitar and fiddle playing abilities landed Eury a spot touring with a band known as Cousin Emmy. He later married the lead singer.
(Alvin and brother, Eury (Slim) started their musical career when they were ten and 13 years of age, respectively. They played guitar and banjo, instruments made by their father, and they were known as the Courier-Journal News Boys. Alvin played on various radio stations before his death in the early 1970s.)
(Pictured left top - Redd's brothers, Gene & Al. Gene was the bass player in Pee Wee King's Golden West Cowboys)
(Pictured left bottom - far left is Gene Stewart on bass, and third from left is Al Stewart on fiddle - Redd's brothers
Slim Miller and his Oertels (1992) Cheer Up Jamboree Broadcast Over Radio Station WAVE
Mondays through Fridays 5:15 to 5:45 PM Saturdays 6:30 to 7:00 PM)
Eury 'Slim' Stewart - Redd's Brother
(1919 - 2017)
At age 10, Slim and his 13-year-old brother, Al, performed on radio in Depressionera Louisville as the Newsboys Duo, combining their guitar and banjo playing (Slim played banjo then) while delivering The Louisville Courier-Journal. They performed each Saturday morning for 15 minutes, and received $7.00 a piece.
During the next decade or so Slim toured with various groups, singing and playing “devil’s box” (fiddle) and “starvation box” (guitar). Those early touring days had a certain impoverished richness-”the good ol’ days when times were bad, Slim calls them (pictured left: 1990s: Redd's brothers Slim, Billy, Gene. Seated is Redd & Helen (Billy's wife)
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Marion Juanita Stewart - Redd's Sister
Redd's sister, Juanita (pictured left) was also a musician, and performed many years ago with sister, Mary. They were known as The Golden Girls.
Gene Joyce Stewart - Redd's Brother
Gene also performed on the Grand Ole Opry, and was the bass player in Pee Wee King's
Golden West Cowboys
(pictured left -A young Gene, as a member of Pee Wee King's Golden West Cowboys; pictured
right - Gene in his later years)
William (Billy) Stewart - Redd's Youngest Brother
(1932 – 2017)
Billy was known as the "youngest, old time fiddle player" on the Grand Ole Opry, where he performed with the likes of Lonzo and Oscar and Little Jimmy Dickens from 1947-1951. He was also the original fiddle player for the Little Jimmy Dickens Country Boy Band. It was during his time at the Opry that he met the love of his life, Helen, who was performing with Mother Maybelle and the Carter Family.
Billy also performed for 31 years at the Tennessee Fall Homecoming held at the Museum of the Appalachia. He also taught violin and wrote his own violin instruction book. He was a member of First Baptist Church Mount Washington, a 32 year employee of Naval Ordinance, and a United States Air Force Veteran.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen and his brother, Eury Stewart. He is survived by his two sons, Kent and Mark Stewart; a daughter, Karen Stowers ; a brother, Otha Harold Stewart; a sister, Mary Helen Beard; along with his grandchildren, Chad (Chrissie), Sarah (Tony), Hannah, Katie (Bryan), and Carson and his great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Caitlyn, Sydney, Jackson, and Haley.
(Pictured left - (2009) Billy having a great time with the other Stewarts in
Slim's home in Georgia.
Mary Helen (Beard) Stewart -
Redd's Youngest Sister (1935 - )
Redd's sister, Mary (pictured left) was also a musician, and
performed many years ago with sister, Juanita. They were known
as The Golden Girls.
Pictured above: Billy Stewart playing fiddle with Little Jimmy Dickens.
A picture from Ken Burns documentary on the history of country music
Pictured above: Billy Stewart jamming with some of his friends
Pictured above: Mary singing with brother, Slim.