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Aug 2, 2020 - 8:41:12 AM
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3411 posts since 7/12/2006

After the recent death of Kenny Ingram, who participated in the Questionaire put out by the great Masters of the Five String Banjo book, i got curious and decided to find out just how many of the players who did the questionaire are still with us. Of the 68 players who submitted the questionaire, 26 have passed on.
in memoriam:
Earl Scruggs,Don Reno,Ralph Stanley,Don Stover,Rual Yarbrough,Roy Clark,Don Parmley,Porter Church,Rudy Lyle,Walter Hensley,Allen Shelton,Doug Dillard,Bobby Thompson,Lamar Grier,Vic Jordan,Raymond Fairchild,Eric Weissberg,Courtney Johnson,Bill Keith,Mike Lilley,Vincent Sadovsky,Dave Evans,Jimmy Arnold, Kenny Ingram.
Wow. so much great talent.

My most sincere apologies if I got any of them wrong. If i could not find a date of death i certainley did not put it on the list.

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 08/02/2020 17:21:34

Aug 2, 2020 - 9:40:57 AM
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5707 posts since 10/13/2007

Gary,
Thanks for doing the roll call. Many of our founding fathers and so many heroes on that list huh?
When I think of some of them they still seem young because the music they left us is so vibrant.
Ken

Aug 2, 2020 - 11:09:17 AM
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3411 posts since 7/12/2006

i penciled a cross beside each name in the book. i originally wanted to get as many autographs of the players in the book as possible, but that would have been a herculian task

Aug 2, 2020 - 12:29:59 PM

4187 posts since 6/15/2005

Sad to say, but here's another. Jimmy Henley passed away earlier this year.

Aug 2, 2020 - 12:45:44 PM
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Blackjaxe47

Canada

1547 posts since 6/20/2014

Losing Kenny Ingram was a shock, we sure lost a great one that day. However I did not know that Eric Weissberg had also passed away, I had read he was or had been sick.

Aug 2, 2020 - 1:54:42 PM
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13249 posts since 10/30/2008

I think this has been attempted before, of course with scattered results listing each BHOer's favorite.

Who would be the 68 leading banjo players to be interviewed if Masters of the 5 String Banjo were to be written today? If you reply, be sure to list all 68!

Aug 2, 2020 - 2:40:02 PM
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3411 posts since 7/12/2006

thank you Arnie. i had him down as deceased but must have skipped over his name writing the list. maybe i confused him wuth walter hensley,also on the list
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Originally posted by arnie fleischer

Sad to say, but here's another. Jimmy Henley passed away earlier this year.


Edited by - stanleytone on 08/02/2020 14:41:47

Aug 2, 2020 - 3:42:50 PM

1714 posts since 4/10/2005

[[[Who would be the 68 leading banjo players to be interviewed if Masters of the 5 String Banjo were to be written today? If you reply, be sure to list all 68!]]]

I dunno, maybe Chet Atkins had the right idea with the paucity of his "Certified Guitar Players [CGPs]."

Aug 2, 2020 - 4:11:35 PM

3411 posts since 7/12/2006

im sure tony and pete have been bombarded with calls for a 2nd volume of the masters series. it would be killer for sure. they could do all the interviews on facetime. save a lot of traveling.

Aug 2, 2020 - 6:51:32 PM

13249 posts since 10/30/2008

Just for fun I sat down today and tried to make a list of 68 important banjo players TODAY.

1. Some names repeat from the original book! Glad they're still with us.

2. I never would have hit 68 without using MANY MANY of today's old time banjo players

3. It's pleasing to see many women in my list.

4. Me being a traditionalist, I don't know too many of the MODERN banjo people to name. Mumford & Sons? Old Crow Medicine Show? The jam bands beyond Leftover Salmon? And, I can't keep up with who is playing for Doyle Lawson and Dailey & Vincent. So I know I'm missing some names.

5. Two celebrities: Steve Martin and Ed Helms.

Aug 2, 2020 - 9:23:31 PM

4021 posts since 10/18/2007

John Hartford.

Aug 6, 2020 - 6:19:33 PM

3883 posts since 9/9/2010

JD Crowe, Ron Stewart, Kristen Scott Benson- those would be my picks

Aug 7, 2020 - 8:02:08 AM

bill t

USA

224 posts since 12/14/2012

There seems to be two threads going here. One is about who has passed away that was in
the "Masters" book and the second thread is about who should be in the next volume of
the "Masters" book.

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