Thursday, August 30
Buddy Harman, the percussion heartbeat of Music Row and Nashville’s best-known and most-recorded drummer, died. He was 79, and suffered from congestive heart failure. A native Nashvillian born Murrey Mizell Harman Jr., Mr. Harman played drums on more than 18,000 recordings, including Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman,” Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire,” Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man,” Ray Price’s “Crazy Arms” and Elvis Presley’s “Little Sister.” He was the first staff drummer on the Grand Ole Opry and the first prominent drummer in country music history, and his work helped secure country’s place as a viable, popular and modern art form.
Roy Linwood Clark (born April 15, 1933) is an American country music musician and performer. He is best known for hosting Hee Haw, a nationally televised country variety show, from 1969–1992. Roy Clark has been an important and influential figure in country music, both as a performer and helping to popularize the genre. Most of all, he is an entertainer, with an amiable personality and a telegenic presence.
During the 1970s, Clark frequently guest-hosted for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show and enjoyed a 30-million viewership for Hee Haw. Clark is highly regarded and renowned as a guitarist and banjo player, and is also skilled in classical guitar and several other instruments. Although he has had hit songs as a pop vocalist (e.g., “Yesterday, When I Was Young” and “Thank God And Greyhound”), his instrumental skill has had an enormous effect on generations of bluegrass and country musicians. He is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, since 1987 and The Country Music Hall of Fame.
Don Helms, steel guitarist for Hank Williams Sr, passed away this date, 2008. Born February 27, 1927
Hal Rugg played steel guitar and was one of the great players in Nashville, along with Emmons, Ll oyd Green and many others.
Shows such as Nashville Now frequently featured the steel guitarist on those shows.
April 19, 1928 – August 7, 1972.
Boyd’s father played the harmonica. He was also skilled in many areas. He could knock a humming bird out of the air with his sling shot at 50 yards or so.
Troyce made a motor bike for Boyd that ran on gasoline using a one and a half horse power motor. Troyce also built one of the largest tree houses ever seen in the Selfs and Honey Grove Area. It had lights, butane and a trap door that was accessible by the remains of an old slide. Boyd had been known to climb up in the tree to get away from his mother. Troyce worked for Crittenden Butane in Bonham Texas. He carried a wench in his truck and piped many houses in the area.Boyd would often ride to Bonham with Troyce and get donuts at a store in Bonham. Troyce sucummed to lung cancer, probably from the butane gasses and the “roll your own cigaretts. He spent time in a hospitle in Temple Texas and eventually died in the V.A Hospitle in Bonham Texas. His funeral services were held at Allens Point Baptist Church. Troyce loved to ride motorcycles and had an Indian Scoutt and and Indian Chief. He and Laverta would ride Motorcycles to every place they went. Now you know why Boyd wanted to ride Indian Motorcycles!
Gary Moreland will be appearing at the Lake Bonham Hoedown on August 25 for the Country Music Show. Other Guest are Jimmy Rhodes from Celina TX. and By Faith Alone from Wolfe City.