- Sun Jan 14, 2007 8:40 pm
Roy Acuff, 1945 in the National Guard Armory. Someone with him sang "Old Shep" and I cried. Roy sang "The Great Speckled Bird" and Mama cried.Flatt and Scruggs, 1949 or 50 on top of the concession stand at the drive-in. It was misting and Earl had difficulty keeping in tune (skin head on his banjer was streaching because of the moisture).Frank Sinatra, 1958, Copacabana NY city. Mesmerizing.Chet Atkins, 1959, some joint on music row. We thought he would be at the Opry, wasn't. He jammed with whom I can't remember and we talked to him afterward. The thrill of my life.Charlie Bryd, 1960, dive in DC. When he played "Lullaby of Birdland" the hair rose on my neck.Johnny Cash, 1967, had to be helped on to a stool, which he fell off twice during the performance. He was great. Saw him a year later, sober and fat, he was awful.
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