Posted by Bob Lackey on July 28, 19102 at 10:39:59:
In Reply to: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re-send information on Snuffy Jenkins posted by Mike Joyce on July 28, 19102 at 09:57:30:
Mike. I'm also 54. Born 12/5/47 at Roanoke Memorial.
My mother served and tried Hot Dr. Pepper a few times back then, but I can't remember how it tasted. But Irvin Sharpe, on his commericals for it, suggested one enjoy it with lemmon and that is how my mother served it. BTW, Irvin passed away just a few years ago.
Yes I remember Steve Chatman. A singer and guitar player. He wore his hair like Elvis or Fabian did back then and I seem to remember his hair was lite in color. But I don't know what happened to him. I wil try to find out.
I think Don Reno's first professional job was with Arthur Smith and the Crackerjacks around 1943. You know that Don and Arthur actually wrote "Dueling Banjos" and when Warner Bros. released the film "Delieverence" with Burt Reynolds and used that composition as an important part of the film, they were given no credit and the writing credit on the soundtrack album was listed as "traditional" as is the case with old songs like "Cripple Creek" and "Cumberland Gap". That soundtrack album sold well over a million copies, but even better news is Arthur Smith took Warner Bros. to court and proved the song he and Don Reno did back in the 50's was the same song and Warner Bros. had to pay them a tidy sum of money for being the writers.
Arthur Smith had a good banjo player on his tv show back in the 60's. But all I can remember is the name Carl.
Also I had the pleasure of seeing Flatt and Scruggs many times live in Roanoke. At Lakeside Amusement Park, the Roanoke Theater, the American Theater and the National Guard Armory.
As good as Reno and Smiley, the Stanleys, Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, the Osborne Brothers etc. were, there was just something about Flatt and Scruggs that the others didn't have.
It wasn't Lester's singing to me, I actually liked others singing better. It was how tight and complimentary the musicians were and Earl Scruggs' banjo syle and how they could really swing together.
And as good as many of the great bluegrass groups are today, I still don't hear anything that, to me, has that something I'm talking about that Flatt and Scruggs had. I guess alot of it WAS Earl.
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