Category: DECEMBER REMEMBRANCES

August 4, 1924 – December 23, 1995 Remembering Benny Sims

Remembering Benny Sims (August 4, 1924 – December 23, 1995) one of the pioneers of bluegrass fiddling, began his career in the 1940’s with the Morris Brothers, Wiley and Zeke. In 1949 he played fiddle as a founding member of with Flatt and Scruggs. He fiddled with Roy Acuff, Bill Monroe and many others.

July 1, 1954 – December 10, 2006 Remembering the BIRTHDAY of Dempsey Young

Remembering the BIRTHDAY of Dempsey Young (July 1, 1954 – December 10, 2006) was an original member of The Lost & Found. Young’s mandolin playing and baritone voice helped define the Lost and Found’s signature sound. Young’s playing was smooth and melodic, reflective of 1970’s pop and rock influences. Herschel Sizemore, a well-known mandolin player

May 28, 1927 – December 26, 1993 Remembering John Palmer

Remembering John Palmer (May 28, 1927 – December 26, 1993), played bass with Don Reno and Red Smiley and the Tennessee Cut-Ups. He worked with Don Reno in the early 1940s; they played and sang together and won prizes at fiddlers’ conventions. They also played dances together. Palmer joined Reno & Smiley and the Tennessee

May 26, 1930 – December 15, 2015 Remembering Lance LeRoy

https://www.namm.org/library/oral-history/lance-leroy Remembering Lance LeRoy (May 26, 1930 – December 15, 2015), a larger-than-life figure in bluegrass music, was never a performer himself. He was a great lover of bluegrass music and bluegrass people, and worked in the business of our music all of his life. Lance was a top music manager in Nashville, TN, and

May 2, 1933 – December 3, 2014 Remembering Ray Davis

Remembering Ray Davis (May 2, 1933 – December 3, 2014), a radio broadcaster, who was the host of bluegrass music shows for more than 60 years and played a key role in making the Mid-Atlantic a leading center of traditional Appalachian folk music. Throughout the course of his career, Ray built a reputation as a

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

March 31, 1926 – December 9, 1979 Remembering Tommy Jackson

Remembering Tommy Jackson (March 31, 1926 – December 9, 1979) the first great Nashville session fiddler, Tommy Jackson has probably been heard on more country records than any other musician. Throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s, he dominated .the field, appearing: on records by every major star of the era, from Hank Williams to Bill Monroe,

March 30, 1906 – December 28, 1977 Remembering Leslie Keith

Remembering Leslie Keith (March 30, 1906 – December 28, 1977) was an American bluegrass musician. Known as a formidable fiddler who won many contests, Keith once played with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, as well as The Stanley Brothers. He is best known for the tune he put together out of pieces of

March 19, 1921 – December 16, 2004 Remembering Martha Carson

Remembering Martha Carson (March 19, 1921 – December 16, 2004), born Irene Amburgey, was an American gospel-country music singer most popular during the 1950s. Amburgey was born in Neon, Kentucky, since absorbed into Fleming-Neon. She and her two sisters were spotted by John Lair and invited to join the cast of the WSB Barn Dance