Back to Oral History
  • Oral History

Cotton Foley

December 5, 1985 OHC24 58 min.


Born December 10, 1930. Real name: Clarence Vernon “C. V.” Foley. Brother of country star Red Foley. Worked with John Lair, Red Foley, and the Duke of Paducah to develop the Renfro Valley Barn Dance after it moved from Cincinnati to Renfro Valley, Kentucky in the late 1930s.

Interview Summary

1985 December 5
(58 minutes)
Renfro Valley Enterprises co-investor Cotton Foley talks about the business venture. Discussion includes his brother Red Foley’s association with John Lair; the organization of Renfro Valley Enterprises; his role in the Renfro Valley effort and the decision to sell his interests; changes in Renfro Valley ownership; memories of John Lair; his life after Renfro Valley, including marriage to Rosie of the Coon Creek Girls; and comments on Red Foley’s audition for John Lair for the WLS National Barn Dance.

We use cookies in the following ways: (1) for system administration, (2) to assess the performance of the website, (3) to personalize your experience, content and ads, (4) to provide social media features, and (5) to analyze our traffic. You consent to our cookies if you continue to use our website. Please consult instructions for your web browser to disable or block cookies, or to receive a warning before a cookie is stored on your computer or mobile device. Read our Privacy Policy.