April 14, 1929 – December 24, 2011 Remembering Little Jody Rainwater

Remembering Jody Rainwater aka Little Jody Rainwater (born Charles Edward Johnson, Surry County, North Carolina, April 14, 1929 — died Richmond, Virginia, December 24, 2011) was an American bluegrass musician and radio personality. He was well known for having played bass with The Foggy Mountain Boys. Jody joined the group on their Saturday night slot on WVLK’s Jamboree as Cedric Rainwater’s comedic partner. The comedy duo was a hit and Jody was soon being billed as Cedric’s younger brother. Lester Flatt suggested the name Little Jody Rainwater and it stuck. He was offered a job working as a deejay at WSVS. With flexible hours and steady pay Jody jumped at the chance. On June 7, 1952 Rainwater left the Foggy Mountain Boys and began his career in radio.


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I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie

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