May 9, 1925 – January 6, 1982 Remembering Buck Ryan

Remembering Buck Ryan (May 9, 1925 – January 6, 1982) fiddled with Bill Harrell off and on for more nearly 40 years, including many appearances on the Grand Old Opry, WWVA’s Jamboree, and The Today Show. Bill Harrell and the Virginians were voted into the Virginia Country, Bluegrass and Folk Music Hall of Fame in 1995. Some of Ryan’s speciality numbers include “Lee Highway Blues”, “Kentucky Running Dance” and of course “Orange Blossom Special”, which was one of his big show-stoppers on the Jimmy Dean Show.

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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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