Wendy Holcombe – Rollin’ in My Sweet Baby’s Arms, Wendy Lou Holcombe (April 19, 1963 – February 14, 1987) was an American banjo player and singer.
Holcombe was born in Alabaster, Alabama and began playing the banjo at age eleven.
As a child, Holcombe appeared on NBC’s The Big Show the Country Boy Eddy Show, and later, in 1977, The New Mickey Mouse Club, and was featured on Kids are People Too.
At the age of twelve, she was a regular performer on the television program Nashville on the Road.
At the age of fourteen she appears on a episode of Big Blue Marble TV program. She shows her music and life.
Holcombe performed at the Grand Ole Opry[ and on the Eddie Rabbitt Show. As well as the banjo she also played the fiddle, dobro and bass.
Holcombe toured throughout the United States, singing and playing the banjo, including The Strip in Las Vegas. She performed at Wembley Festival in London, England. She also appeared regularly on the show Nashville Swing, and recorded a television special, Wendy Hooper, US Army that aired on NBC in 1981. She frequently performed duets and comedy sketches with Buck Trent, and the pair were nominated for a Music City Award.
Holcombe died of a congenital heart defect at the age of 23.
“Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms” is an American traditional song. It seems to have developed from lyrics in the cowboy song “My Lula Gal”, itself a development of bawdy British and Appalachian songs generally known as “Bang Bang Rosie” or “Bang Away Lulu.
The Flatt & Scruggs version was first released as a single by Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys, on December 14, 1951. Buck Owens released his cover version “Rollin’ in My Sweet Baby’s Arms” in August 1971 as the second single from his album Ruby. The song peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. It also reached number 1 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.
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