March 31, 1922 – August 1, 1987 Remembering Howard “Howdy” Forrester

Remembering Howard “Howdy” Forrester (March 31, 1922 – August 1, 1987), was an American bluegrass fiddler and a practiser of the “Texas” or “show fiddle” style. Forrester was born in Vernon, Tennessee into a family of many fiddlers—his father, grandfather and uncle played the fiddle. After his family moved to Nashville in the mid 1930s, Forrester began performing with his brothers. In 1938, he joined The Vagabonds and landed a job on the Grand Ole Opry. He and his wife, Billie “Sally Ann” Forrester, went to work with Bill Monroe and Monroe’s group, the Blue Grass Boys. She remained with Monro when Howdy left, and he finally joined Roy Acuff’s Smoky Mountain Boys, remaining a long time member.

About the author

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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