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Mike Poholsky


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Post Posted 10 Jun 2008 3:53 am     Reply with quote

I was watching some Ernest Tubb vids last night. Does anyone know the cronological order of steelers and guitar players that played with him? Who is the steeler in the "Walking the Floor Over You" vid with Billy Byrd on guitar? Just curious.


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Larry Miller


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Post Posted 10 Jun 2008 4:07 am     Reply with quote

Dickie Harris is the steeler in the video

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Jack Stoner


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Post Posted 10 Jun 2008 6:25 am     Reply with quote

Lynn Owsley would know (He was the last one and with E.T. when he passed away). But, Lynn doesn't get on the forum often (or at least doesn't post much).
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Pete Finney


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Nashville Tn.
Post Posted 10 Jun 2008 6:48 am     Reply with quote

I don't know 'em all, but here's some names more or less in order:

Guitar: Jimmie Short, Billy Byrd, Leon Rhodes, Steve Chapman, Pete Mitchell

Steel: Ray Head, Dickie Harris, Buddy Emmons, Buddy Charleton, Johnny Cox, Lynn Owsley

I think Lynn may have joined when Buddy Charleton left, but was in and out of the band a few times; I know Johnny Cox was in the band during that era as well.
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Mike Sweeney


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Nashville,TN,USA
Post Posted 10 Jun 2008 7:26 am     Reply with quote

Other guitar players are Faye "Smitty" Smith [Original recording of "Walking The Floor Over You" in 1941. Another was Butterball Paige.
Don Helms also played steel with E.T. for a time between Buddy Charleton and Lynn Owsley, It should also be noted that Jerry Byrd did some of E.T.'s early recordings especially the duets with Red Foley.
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Ray Montee


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Portland, Oregon
Post Posted 10 Jun 2008 7:32 am     If my memory hasn't failed me completely........... Reply with quote

JERRY BYRD was with ETubb in about 1948, as best I can recall. He was with him about three months; long enough to make the movie Hollywood Barn Dance.

JERRY then went over to Red Foley..........
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Chris Scruggs


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Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Post Posted 10 Jun 2008 8:52 am     Reply with quote

Harold Bradley was briefly Tubb's guitarist after Billy Byrd left.
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Finis Spier


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Texas, USA
Post Posted 10 Jun 2008 9:27 am     et players Reply with quote

Bobby Garrett took emmons place with tubbs when buddy went to the west coast he later came back and played bass with bobby on steel
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Bobby Caldwell


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St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Post Posted 10 Jun 2008 9:50 am     Reply with quote

Ron Elliott and Jimmy Day both worked for E.T. at some point. Bobby
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Donny Hinson


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Balto., Md. U.S.A.
Post Posted 10 Jun 2008 3:03 pm     Reply with quote

Ernest had a bunch of 'em, all top notch players! Here's as full a history as I can come up with. I invite anyone to offer corrections and additions, and I'll modify this list.

1945 Ray (KEMO) Head
1946 Wayne Flemming
1947 Jerry Byrd
1948 Don Davis
1949 Dickie Harris
1949 Speedy West
1949 Don Helms
1950 Billy Robinson
1950 Dickie Harris
1951 Billy Robinson
1952-1956 Dickie Harris
1957 Ray (KEMO) Head
1958 Buddy Emmons
1960 Jimmy Day
1960 Bobby Garrett
1962-1973 Buddy Charleton
1974 Ron Elliot
1975 Lynn Owsley
1980-1982 Johnny Cox & Doyle Grisham
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Bill Moran


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Virginia, USA
Post Posted 10 Jun 2008 4:07 pm     Reply with quote

Donnie::

ET didn't need to sing on pitch with that
lineup of pickers. Laughing Laughing
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Mike Poholsky


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Kansas, USA
Post Posted 10 Jun 2008 5:00 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks Guys, I am playin in a band right now, that does primarily old C&W. Really havin fun, listening to and learning the "classic" country licks. I didn't grow up listening to this music. I got into steel from the Country Rock side. Now that I'm listening to and playing these old tunes I'm getting into it WAY more than I thought I was going to. Have a new found appreciation for the lyrics and sing aspect, always loved the playing. After seeing Donnys list, I wish I had got into ET and others sooner. I have "Almost To Tulsa" and love that record.(Charleton & Rhodes). Been a BC fan for a while. Byrd has been a long time fav. Ever since I saw him at Scottys. Any recommendations on "must have" ET records?
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Greg Cutshaw


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Post Posted 10 Jun 2008 5:08 pm     Reply with quote

Buddy Emmons played lead guitar on a couple of ET songs and he is listed as such on the credits. he never added the trademark Billy Byrd ending though.

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Ben Rubright


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Punta Gorda, Florida, USA
Post Posted 11 Jun 2008 4:11 am     Reply with quote

Was it Billy Byrd that developed that ending or was it used by one of his predecessors? It is so simple and yet so wonderful. When Bobby Caldwell occasionally breaks into 'ET Guitar' at ISGC, i become a puddle on the floor.
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Greg Cutshaw


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Post Posted 11 Jun 2008 5:26 am     Reply with quote

Billy Byrd put out a couple of LP's years ago, I still have one of them. He is also featured on a few cuts on the Starday Tennessee Guitar LP. He is a great composer and arranger outside of what you hear him do on the ET records.

Greg
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Lee Gillespie


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Cheyenne, Wy. USA
Post Posted 11 Jun 2008 6:02 am     ET Guitar Players Reply with quote

If I remember correctly... I renewed my friendship with BC while living in Tacoma Wa. in the early 70"s
At that time was a fella by the name of Jack Molletti
playing lead for ET. I later run into Jack when he was playing lead for Barbara Mandrell. Correct me if I'm wrong. Lee
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Terry Wood


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Marshfield, MO
Post Posted 12 Jun 2008 4:44 am     Reply with quote

E.T. had some 200+ different players that worked with him. Some of the GREATS of our instrument of choice. I think Buddy Emmons was with E.T. about 5 years, Buddy Charleton about 13 years and lots of others greats.

When I saw E.T. which was only two concerts he had our friend and super picker Johnny "Dumplin' Cox" with him. E.T. affectionately called his players often by a nickname. I think he along with Hank Thompson were the two most gracious of Country entertainers with their fans. Both would come out after a show and sit down and visit with people, take pictures with the fans, and sign autographs for hours. I saw them both do it. After the stage had long cleared of the band and all their equipment these two PROS of Country Music were still out there with their fans.

Also, Speedy West, Jerry Byrd and Don Helms all played a stint and recorded with him too.

Ernest Tubb was one of my all time favorites.

Terry Wood
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