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Wheels

Posted by stanger, written by Billy Vaughn

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Size: 1,703kb, uploaded 2/1/2007 12:39:14 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

This tune was a big pop hit in 1960 for the Billy Vaughn Orchestra. Chet Atkins recorded a popular version, as did the PlayALongs (later Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs). It was a cha-cha on all of them, but it's now played by bluegrass bands on occasion. I've heard all the recordings of it, and I learned it from a friend's mando-playing father in the 70's. This version is my own. I messed around on this one & had fun with it... used the Prucha Diamond Point.



18 comments on “Wheels”

banjomikey Says:
Thursday, February 1, 2007 @1:04:20 AM

Awesome Mike! Ever since I've started playing, I've wanted to learn this song! Someday, I'll be up to the challenge! You do a great version! Fine pickin!

frailin Says:
Thursday, February 1, 2007 @7:05:02 PM

Hey!  A new one!  Must be getting snowy up there (you've got time indoors).

Sounds great!

mainejohn Says:
Sunday, February 4, 2007 @9:29:43 PM

That was great...and that Prucha sounds like a bell! Thanks for sharing!

Bongshang Says:
Saturday, June 23, 2007 @11:25:52 AM

Excellent. Beautiful playing. The Prucha's sounding awesome.

Bongshang Says:
Saturday, June 23, 2007 @11:29:21 AM

Excellent. Beautiful playing. The Prucha's sounding awesome.

Mr Raymond Sutton Says:
Sunday, August 5, 2007 @3:24:04 PM

This is some of the cleanest picking I have ever heard.Love the sound of the Prucha. Regards Ray

Ralph Stanley legend Says:
Friday, November 2, 2007 @9:02:38 AM

Hi Mike,

I hope you are good there. Really enjoyed your picking here, and that Prucha... WOW. It does sound excellent. I will know if the RB12 is on or off this Sunday. If it is off, I am having the Prucha professional from Greg. I will advise I came on your recommendation !

I'll let you know....

Best

Davey.

 

Bongshang Says:
Tuesday, December 4, 2007 @5:20:42 PM

It gets even better with every listen!! I want one of them Pruchas, JJ

BEEFUS Says:
Sunday, December 9, 2007 @3:07:20 PM

that are a suweet toon! Stangur are able do that fancy pikkin cuz hims got a extra fingur growin owt uv hims foarhed , wich him use to pluk moar strings than yur averge banjopikker can reech. BEEFUS ar put this wun on hims speshul Grammofoan what has th Eer Buds.

Bart Veerman Says:
Saturday, January 5, 2008 @10:02:05 PM

Love the picking on this one Mike, sounds way better than the original ever did! If you're ever in the mood to tab it keep me in mind will ya.
Oh, the Archies ought to be just about there.

stanger Says:
Sunday, January 6, 2008 @2:58:14 AM

Thanks to all of you! I love playing this tune. BEEFUS is right- I got that extra finger stickin' out of my head, and it sure helps... Bart- I'm not a good tab writer, but I could give it a shot. You'll b the first to know if I get it down on paper. The Archies haven't shown up yet- probably will, though, day after tomorrow!

Don Borchelt Says:
Friday, February 15, 2008 @9:08:01 PM

I've not heard this played in years.  Brings back memories of some of my first picking buddies.  Really super job, Mike, thanks for posting.

RODMISER Says:
Friday, July 11, 2008 @5:11:46 PM

Just Good.

OmeZenabi Says:
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 @8:06:49 PM

Sounds great Stanger.  Seems like I've known you for years - so its good to actually hear you.  Thanks for sharing.   

pcfive Says:
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 @11:47:29 AM

What a nice song! I never heard of it. Who wrote it? Is there a tab somewhere?

stanger Says:
Friday, May 21, 2010 @11:19:27 AM

The Billy Vaughn Orchestra had a big hit with it in the early 60's as a cha-cha, back when that dance was all the rage. I figured it out myself long ago, but I've heard other banjoists do it rarely. Bill Knopf does a version very similar to mine.

dannnjo Says:
Sunday, July 17, 2011 @11:03:12 AM

this was one of my favorite tunes in high school
glad u posted it
well done

stanger Says:
Sunday, July 17, 2011 @1:04:46 PM

Mine, too, Dannjo... thanks for the kind comments!

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