Harry Fred Cox (27 March 1885 – 6 May 1971), was a Norfolk farmworker and one of the most important singers of traditional English music of the twentieth century, on account of his large repertoire and fine singing style.
The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography concludes:
He is admired for the breadth and variety of his repertory, some 140 items ranging from rough bawdry to high balladry, but above all for his technique, based, according to the BBC producer Francis Dillon, on ‘a carefully placed decoration, a beautifully judged phrasing, an exact control of highly complex rhythm and a singing tone which requires no accompaniment’.
The Bonny Labouring Boy from the album of the same name is track thirteen on the first CD of the Topic Records 70 year anniversary boxed set Three Score and Ten.
Roy Palmer (2004). "Cox, Harry Fred (1885–1971)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (1 ed.). Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2006-03-22.
See also: Michael Grosvenor Myer, "An Interview with Harry Cox", Folk Review magazine, February 1973