Maphis, Joe and Rose Lee
- Stephanie Vander Wel
Songwriters and country music duo. Known as “Mr. and Mrs. Country Music,” Joe [Otis Wilson] Maphis (b Suffolk, VA, 12 May 1921; d Nashville, TN, 27 June 1986) and Rose Lee [Doris née Schetrompf] Maphis (b Baltimore, MD, 29 Dec 1922) were a popular husband-and-wife duo that contributed to the development of honky-tonk music in California during the 1950s. Their respective careers began in barn dance radio in the late 1930s. Billed as “Rose of the Mountains,” Rose performed sentimental songs on local stations in Hagerstown, Maryland, before joining the Saddle Sweethearts, a cowgirl ensemble, on Richmond Virginia’s WVRA Old Dominion Barn Dance in the 1940s. On Cincinnati’s Boone Country Barn Dance and Chicago’s National Barn Dance, Joe developed a distinctive guitar style, finger-picking melodic lines at electrifying fast tempos over chordal accompaniments, and mastered several other string instruments. After serving in World War II, Joe met Rose while performing on WVRA’s ...