"Legends Of Our Time"
The Country Western & Bluegrass
FROM THE AUTHOR
I was born in Owensboro, Kentucky on July 8, 1961. I am, and shall remain an avid fan of traditional Country & Bluegrass Music. As open as I have always been with my favor for this sound, only a few close friends and relatives really knew the truth of how much seemingly useless information I knew about the music. I have been secretly storing information for years, both on paper and in memory. I say secretly, because I thought I was the only person in the world who was passionate on the subject and didn’t want to appear peculiar.
Since that time I have learned that my first observation was not exactly accurate, but that a gargantuan number of individuals also enjoy simple facts about Country’s legendary artists as well. Collecting this information to me was just a hobby, though just a few seasons ago I was posed with the question “Why don’t you write a book on those birthdates you have?” That question began labor pains for “Legends of Our Time”; this project was born from that inquiry.
My spare time hobby now has been packaged for sharing through this media; I submit it with most humble emotion. With every fiber of my being I have painted each line with the most accurate and in some cases the only known information available. I have refrained from compromising the text by printing only trusted information, as accuracy and organization are important to me.
Agreed, the information substance seems copious, it lacks the full yield I desire to offer proper homage to every vessel responsible for the sound we all treasure in our hearts. Artists that may not be listed are because the information has eluded me, or I value their request not to be integrated.
Each letter has been arranged from the most passionate chamber of my heart. The interior walls of this volume are assembled mostly of Country & Bluegrass recording artists, their birth date, as well as their origin at birth where applicable.
Aside the delivery of the original content idea, I with humble adoration present a section dedicated to our deceased members, as well as their departing date. As I retrieved the names for the section “Beyond The Sunset” a feeling of reverence encamped around me. As each name was given form a realization became even more real, these timeless legends that have been taken shall sound throughout eternity, with or without this vehicle.
I have also included an additional section just for fun within this manuscript. The “Zodiac Signs” have often been referred to as truth by astrologists the world over. The “Zodiac Sign” one was born under is said to offer an accurate description of the person’s inward being, and outward persona, have fun with it but try not to over analyze your results.
I also have thousands of interesting photographic materials of the artists, please check the back pages for a listing of these picture CD’s from the collection, which incidentally I will be adding to. Although the picture CD’s are an extremely time consuming endeavor to amass, I felt that through this elected media they may create a more assessable atmosphere for anyone to view, and be most cost effective to assemble.
I extend a special “Thank You” to my Honky-Tonk friends; Perry Robertson, Ned Walters, along with Mac McDivett, for franchising their paper collections unselfishly, which consequently birthed these tremendous photo projects. It is truly my honor to know these three encyclopedias of trivia, and I am elated to call them my friends.
As “Legends Of Our Time” unfolds you will uncover a bountiful harvest of over 3,500 legendary Country, Bluegrass, and Gospel artists. As well as songwriters, studio musicians, backup vocalists, and more, a virtual treasure trove of dates and places.
This essay is my tribute to those who held a spot in the success of the sound. Though I have referenced their birth-date in a document, it seems so minute in relationship to all they have given.
Tragically yesterday’s performers cut the road for today’s brightest acts and etched their memory in our hearts, though little praise is offered to them in today’s society. As I leaf through these sheets the glimmer of a name takes shape in my memory, I somehow become intoxicated as I recognize their dedication.
You will also notice important executive icons of the music industry and of Nashville listed within this work; record producers, distributors, DJ’s, promoters, and other administrative wizards. Their reflection is burnt into the records that we enjoy to this hour. “Thank You” or “Happy Birthday” seems so callous compared to the painstaking risks they brought to the table. For instance I would question the fate of Decca Records that without someone like Owen Bradley at the helm would surly have folded in one hour. Instead Owen delivered some of the richest Country Music in history. He may be forgotten by some, but to me, shall be remembered with pure admiration.
Birth dates are of course not all the data that I have collected over the years, only the hinge for this project. Now that I have “come out of the closet” with my secret literature, then of course I would be obliged to print another keepsake or two highlighting rich trivia. I possess heaping folders of trivia notations that I have jotted down, typed up, and tucked away; simply waiting for time to unravel them.
I remain hopelessly devoted to the jubilant celebration of traditional Country, and Bluegrass Music, as well its legendary performers and executives whom delivered it.
“Legends Of Our Time” is being offered exclusively by Escape Today Publishing & The Paperboy News. Information for this volume has been both collected direct from the artists, as well as harvested through research over time.
It will remain my continuous quest to search the vast reservoir of facts, solely to pursue the goal of uncovering further calendar events that shall eventually bring an up-to-date luster to “Legends Of Our Time”. If you have information that you would like to share feel free to contact me, as I would be most grateful.
Just Watch as the Legends scroll by: