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A Rose and a Baby Ruth

by admin on December 5, 2011

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Many years ago when I was in high school a song came out that was popular for a while called a Rose and A Baby Ruth. It was the kind of song that a love sick teenager wants to hear and you stow the song in the back of your mind thinking someday you might need those words for someone. It tells a story of how a boy has an argument with his girl friend and he needs to patch things up so they can get back together. I would walk down the halls on my way to class singing the song over and over in my head, till I memorized it. Then me and my buddy Dave would walk along singing this tune and trying to harmonize our voices. Our cafeteria was also our assembly hall and had a stage at one end for performances one day at noon we got behind the curtain and sang this song to the student body on an open mike, then took our bow. Last year I met the guy that sang that hit song so many years ago. His name was George Hamilton the IV.  He was very gracious and we talked briefly and like so many others I told how I used to sing that old song in school. He had been a Grand Old Opry member for fifty years by that time and had a few other hits to his credit among them a song called “Abilene”. I thought at the time he’s just a nice old guy that had a few hit songs and made the best of it. He didn’t have a particularly great voice so he would sing a song, then tell a story; but his story telling was what kept people entertained. I guess you just work with what you’ve got and do the best you can……..

Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga Too

by admin on October 27, 2011

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I’ve been on vacation in Tennessee and the weather has been perfect. We got to see the Smokey Mountains in all their glory. This is my Third trip and it still seems new. Went as far as Ashville NC home of the Biltmore mansion. I will write more when I get home.

Time Out

by admin on October 9, 2011

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I’ve been off line for a while since my ‘puter had to be remodeled. After some investment in a new hard drive and some time with my son reloading everything I’m back up and running. We played for a group of people from a small town in Kansas that have a reunion every year for their high school and after the show they treated all of us to dinner and production of “No Body is Lonesome For Me” . It was a one man show about Hank Williams, stuck at a gas station on his way to Ohio on the night he died. If you get a chance to see it don’t pass it up. Right now it’s at the Heartland Theater in Crown Center in K.C.Mo. He comes in to the gas station to get his car repaired and tries to call his ex wife on the pay phone while telling the owner of the station about his life and how he got into this mess he’s in. I suppose it was both fact and fiction but very entertaining. I talked to the actor after the show and told him I thought he did a great job. He sang and played very well with the help of just a fiddle player and steel guitar player. He had to learn to play guitar and sing the songs while sounding like Hank Williams and learning all the dialog with no other actors for support……….. I have a hard time remembering where I left my cell phone. That’s all for now………..