April 28 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Gene Parker

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Gene Parker born, April 28, 1942, the original banjo player of Lost and Found Band is known for his hard-driving, yet innovative style. Gene is also a great baritone singer. The Low Down with Barry Bales relates: “From the stories I’ve heard, he can be quite a character, sometimes taking his banjo completely apart to adjust it minutes before show time because it wasn’t sounding right to him. The story has circulated for years that there was an instance where Gene couldn’t get comfortable with his position or sound in the studio and ended up recording flat on his back on the floor, wearing only his underwear. I think I verified that with him one time, but I can’t remember. If you see him, ask him about it.”

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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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