Category: DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

Dec. 17, 1959 – Sept. 27, 2018 Remembering Mark Anthony Giejda

Remembering Mark Anthony Giejda, beloved husband, father, and brother (Dec. 17, 1959 – Sept. 27, 2018) passed away after a sudden onset and brief illness. Cindy was unable to attend the annual International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) World of Bluegrass convention when Mark was struck with the illness. Cindy is eager to credit Mark for

December 30, 1933 – July 29, 2016 Remembering Melvin Goins

Remembering Melvin Goins (December 30, 1933 – July 29, 2016) one of the first generation bluegrass. Melvin Goins passed away after more than 65 years of performing bluegrass music. He was 83 years of age and touring in Canada when he died. Growing up in West Virginia, Melvin and his younger brother Ray fell in

December 25, 1908 – June 8, 1964 Remembering Alton Delmore

Remembering Alton Delmore (December 25, 1908 – June 8, 1964) and Rabon Delmore (December 3, 1916 – December 4, 1952), billed as The Delmore Brothers, were country music pioneers and stars of the Grand Ole Opry in the 1930s.  Together with other brother duos, they had a profound impact on the history of country music

December 14, 1941 – May 24, 2016 Remembering “Ray” Hesson

Remembering Raymond David Hesson “Ray” Hesson,(December 14, 1941 – May 24, 2016) was a fixture in the DC-area bluegrass scene since the 1960s when he taught banjo and guitar in local music stores. He first met and befriended Ben Eldridge and Mike Auldridge when they taught together at the same facility, long before there were

December 31, 1934 – February 8, 2003 Remembering Joe Meadows

Remembering Joe Meadows (December 31, 1934 – February 8, 2003) a bluegrass fiddler who recorded with the Stanley Brothers from 1952 to 1955. In 1956, he was asked by Bill Monroe to be one of his “Bluegrass Boys.” Joe toured with Bill Monroe until 1957 when he returned home to West Virginia. From then until

December 24, 1913 – February 8, 1999 Remembering “Lulu Belle” Cooper

Remembering “Lulu Belle” Myrtle Eleanor Cooper (December 24, 1913 – February 8, 1999) and Scott Greene Wiseman (November 8, 1908 – January 31, 1981), known professionally as Lulu Belle and Scotty, were one of the major country music acts of the 1930s and 1940s, dubbed The Sweethearts of Country Music. Myrtle Eleanor Cooper was born

December 20, 1935 – February 5, 1980 Remembering “Chubby” Anthony

Remembering Donald Lee “Chubby” Anthony (December 20, 1935 – February 5, 1980) born in Lincolnton, North Carolina, USA. Anthony was a talented bluegrass musician who learned fiddle, banjo and guitar as a child. By his teens he was playing fiddle regularly with various groups in the Shelby area of North Carolina. In the mid-50s, he

Dec. 2, 1940 – January 24, 2009 Remembering Ken Orrick

Remembering Ken Orrick (Dec. 2, 1940 – January 24, 2009) guitarist/vocalist with Lost Highway, a band originally from Orange County, California, was a founder member and stayed with them until the mid 1980s when the group disbanded. Lost Highway was reformed in 1996 with Orrick, who was originally from Smithville, TN, as the band leader.

December 11, 1952 – January 10, 2009 Remembering “Butch” Baldassari

Remembering Jerome Henry “Butch” Baldassari (December 11, 1952 – January 10, 2009) was an American mandolinist, recording artist, composer, and music teacher. Baldassari played guitar in rock bands as a teen with his brother Buster, but converted to mandolin in 1972 at the Philadelphia Folk Festival when he saw Andy Statman with David Bromberg and