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This Day in Georgia History

March 10, 1920

Kenneth Burns Born

Kenneth Burns was born in north Georgia, though at age three his family moved to Knoxville, Tenn. An accomplished musician, some of his peers called him the greatest mandolin player in the world. Yet, Burns is best remembered not for not his musical abilities so much as his humorous persona “Jethro” during the 39 years he teamed with Henry “Homer” Haynes as part of the comic duo of “Homer and Jethro.” He died on Feb. 4, 1989.

To view an image of Kenneth Burns as part of Homer and Jethro, see the Digital Library of Georgia.