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  Did Leon Rhodes play Fiddle on any of ET's Records?

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Roger Kelly
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From: Mount Carmel, TN. 37645

posted 23 November 2002 02:33 PM     profile     
...the reason I'm wondering is that on a tune entitled "The Road is Closed" written by Hank Cochran, and is on ET's "It's So Hard To Be Good Album" and released around 1972, ET says, "Ahhh Jack" (Mullatto sp?)who plays the first half of the break on Guitar, which by the way, sounded great, then says, "and Leon", who plays the last half of the break on the Fiddle, which was great too.
As many times as I have listened to this album, I never noticed ET introducing Leon during a break and hear a Fiddle being played. Since there were no credits on the album, does anyone know if Leon Rhodes played Fiddle on this tune, or was it a different Leon? Just wondered? It was a good break too! Charleton didn't take a break on this tune, but he was in there making it sound like only he can.
Herb Steiner
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From: Cedar Valley, Travis County TX

posted 23 November 2002 05:24 PM     profile     
ET's band at the time had Leon Boulanger on fiddle and Jack Milletti on guitar.

According to Webster's Dictionary, a mulatto is "someone who is of mixed Causcasian and Negro blood." I don't think Ernest had anyone in the band at that time that fit that particular description.

Roger Kelly
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From: Mount Carmel, TN. 37645

posted 24 November 2002 06:08 AM     profile     
Thank's for the info Herb.
Ernie Renn
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From: Brainerd, Minnesota USA

posted 24 November 2002 07:23 AM     profile     
Leon Bolanger played fiddle with ET. When I saw them, it was Leon on fiddle, Junior Pruneda on bass, Jack Mallette on guitar and Buddy Charleton on steel, (I don't recall the drummer's name.)

Jack and Buddy were incredible, so I don't really remember much about the fiddle at the show. I do know Leon Bolanger was a great fiddler.

On another note, Leon Rhodes was actually a drummer. (At least that's the story I heard.) I don't recall ever hearing that he played fiddle. Chet Atkins did...

(I completely missed your post Herb. I think I've been up too long...)

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[This message was edited by Ernie Renn on 24 November 2002 at 03:23 PM.]

Jason Odd
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From: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

posted 25 November 2002 11:34 PM     profile     
I think it might be safer to say that Leon was a guitarist who found that he could increase his chances of working by also playing drums.

I'd love to see his early career documented.

Jussi Huhtakangas
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From: Helsinki, Finland

posted 25 November 2002 11:48 PM     profile     
Jason, ( and others too ), Vintage Guitar magazine did a nice, lengthy interview on Leon, it's archived on their website: www.vguitar.com.
Jussi
Joe Henry
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From: Ebersberg, Germany

posted 26 November 2002 10:22 AM     profile     
Jussi, that was interesting! Thanks for pointing that out!
Ernie Renn
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From: Brainerd, Minnesota USA

posted 26 November 2002 09:54 PM     profile     
I had read that interview, (thanks for bringing it up again!) but I thought I heard somewhere that Leon was a drummer and when Big D Jamboree needed a guitar player, he additioned. I could be wrong...

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Jason Odd
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From: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

posted 27 November 2002 09:07 PM     profile     
Hi Jussi, thanks man, I know the article quite well.
I'd like to read motre about the Big D Jamboree, the Beck studio, Leon supposedly working with a version of the Western Cherokees, and indeed Ray Price.
Pete Wade was pretty much Ray's guitar slinger for most of the 1950s, but it happens that Forumite Ray 'Skip' Montee has a really cool series of photos of the Cherokee Cowboys circa 1955; Leon on guitar.

When all is said and done though, I loved that article.

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