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Buddy Jennison


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Post Posted 23 Dec 2010 2:43 am     Reply with quote

One of the best styliste, ever. Is hardly ever mentioned, any more. John Hughey used to slip a bunch of Chalker licks, all the time, even put one on an album, just for me. Course these JCL.s can't play his style anyway..LONG LIVE THE CURLY CHALKER STYLE !!!!!!! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy !!!!!
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Post Posted 23 Dec 2010 9:34 am     Reply with quote

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Tom Harris


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Post Posted 23 Dec 2010 9:39 am     Reply with quote

Your right Buddy,I been a Curly fan since I herd Him On "Hank Thompson" "Wild Side Of Life" and "Lobby Of Your Heart" cut from the fifties,,and loved him on the "Hee Haw" staff band,,,fo sho a second to none Steel Player....
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Stephen Gregory


Post Posted 23 Dec 2010 10:26 am     Reply with quote

Curly Chalker.
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Charles Davidson


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Post Posted 23 Dec 2010 4:03 pm     Reply with quote

I got turned on to Curly maybe 30 years ago or longer when I bought his More ways to play LP at a NAMN convention in Atlanta.Could'nt believe what I was hearing. Never been another like him,really DOUBT there ever will be [just my opinion]. If you don't have it,get the DVD of him from Mike P. YOU BETCHA,DYK?BC.
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Fred Shannon


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Post Posted 23 Dec 2010 4:33 pm     It's "Curly" Chalker Reply with quote

Curly C, no doubt one of the greatest. I loved to watch him work the C neck, such grace and ease. In the early years he was very protective of his tunings and would go to some trouble to not make it available. Ask any of the old timers, but in later life he was a godsend to the younger players.

Many of today's players can do the Chalker licks and do them well. I can think of a few: Mike Sweeney, Randy Beavers, Bobby Bowman, Johnny Cox, Reece Anderson, and guitar builder Carson Wells.

My $.02 worth.


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Johnny Cox


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Post Posted 23 Dec 2010 6:04 pm     Reply with quote

Buddy I do my part to keep Curly's music alive. Still have his guitar and amps and play his music when I can get by with it. It ain't like it was in the 60s, 70s and 80s when folks wanted to hear you streach out. now they want to see how little you can play in four hours. Times have just changed.
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Dave A. Burley


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Post Posted 23 Dec 2010 9:26 pm     Curly Chalker Reply with quote

During the jam at the Cavalcade Of Guitars in Dallas in 1976, I had placed the legendary jazz guitarist, Tal Farlow, right next to Curly on the stage. Tal, with his foot long fingers, was absolutely amazed at the chords Curly was playing. He even stuck his head under Curly's steel to try to figure out what was happening. Wish I had a picture of that. Henry Ade did have a picture. Tal agreed to do an album with Curly. It never happened for reasons I won't discuss again here.

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Mike Perlowin


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Post Posted 24 Dec 2010 1:21 am     Reply with quote

Obviously I feel the same way about Curly as everybody else. That's why I put out the DVD. I felt it was necessary to preserve the footage, and not allow it to be lost.

I was privileged to be there at the California concert that comprises 2/3rds of the DVD. Unlike other steel guitar shows that feature several different players, this was just Curly, Johnny Davis on guitar, Jim Bob Sedgwick on bass and a drummer named John Mauceri, playing all afternoon. It was the best steel guitar show I've ever attended.
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Doc Rickles


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Post Posted 24 Dec 2010 6:28 pm     Chaulker DVD Reply with quote

Mike is the DVD available. Sure would like to have it.
As many probably would.

Send info to send payment.

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Mike Perlowin


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Post Posted 24 Dec 2010 11:39 pm     Reply with quote

The DVD is available from, b0b, Scotty, and myself (I still have hundreds of copies sitting in my garage.)

E-mail me for further details.
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Ray Harrison


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Post Posted 25 Dec 2010 9:05 am     Reply with quote

Mike, I'm hoping you'll bring some to Feenix. I'd love to get one.
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Mike Perlowin


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Post Posted 25 Dec 2010 9:30 am     Reply with quote

Ray, I'll have a display table at the show where I'll have the DVD, my CDs, and some other stuff.
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Herb Steiner


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Post Posted 27 Dec 2010 6:12 am     Reply with quote

Johnny Cox wrote:
It ain't like it was in the 60s, 70s and 80s when folks wanted to hear you streach out. now they want to see how little you can play in four hours...


And I aim to show them, too!! Laughing
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Gary Walker


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Post Posted 16 Jan 2011 9:36 pm     Reply with quote

About 50 years ago, a younger Gene Breeden played the new "Travis" album with Curly playing his Fender 1000 and it changed my whole life. He still is the top of my list of favorites. I miss his stand alone playing. (Oh sure, I was also much younger)
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Billy Tonnesen


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Post Posted 17 Jan 2011 2:58 pm     Johnny Davis Reply with quote

Mike: You mentioned Johnny Davis playing Guitar at the Jam. Johnny was also a great Steel Player on a Fender 400 back in the 60's. I worked several gigs with him playing his Lead Guitar. Is Johnny still around and active ?
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Mike Perlowin


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Post Posted 17 Jan 2011 3:41 pm     Re: Johnny Davis Reply with quote

Billy Tonnesen wrote:
Mike: You mentioned Johnny Davis playing Guitar at the Jam. Johnny was also a great Steel Player on a Fender 400 back in the 60's. I worked several gigs with him playing his Lead Guitar. Is Johnny still around and active ?


Billy, 2 years ago he was the staff guitar player at the Phoenix show. I've heard nothing about him since then, but it's safe to assume that if he's still around, he will be at the show later this week.
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Nick Reed


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Post Posted 21 Jan 2011 5:42 am     Reply with quote

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Buddy Jennison


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Post Posted 23 Jan 2011 6:42 am     Curly Reply with quote

He IS NOT a "Limey", that's for sure !!!!! "Little" Buddy.
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basilh


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Post Posted 23 Jan 2011 9:42 am     Reply with quote

He was a superb American steel guitarist.
Of course that is presuming we're talking about Harold Lee Chalker (October 22, 1931April 30, 1998), better known as Curly Chalker.


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Terry Wood


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Marshfield, MO
Post Posted 23 Jan 2011 4:58 pm     Reply with quote

Curly Chalker was such a super player!

Well, I only had the opportunity to see him play live once, and man what a thrill. The bass player was Buddy Emmons and it was live at Scotty's St. Louis Steel Convention.

Curly was so unique in his delivery whether it was C6th or E9th. His fabulous E9th playing is often over looked because he was such a Giant on C6th.

I had the opportunity to work with Gordie Tapp from Hee Haw one summer and I used to pick Gordie's brain about Curly. He told me, "Curly is one of the best and perhaps the greatest steel player around." He said, "It is just something to sit and watch and everyone would gather around on the Hee Haw set when Curly is tuning up his steel guitar, and running through chords, etc."

The DVD offered on Curly is just great. It should be recommended and well, required to watch the DVD and listen to Curly's Big Sounds on a Big Steel. and Curly could drive that Big Steel Brothers and Sisters like nobody else!

My thoughts on a Giant of the Steel Guitar!

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b0b


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Post Posted 23 Jan 2011 5:59 pm     Reply with quote

I have corrected the spelling out of respect for Curly Chalker.
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Buddy Jennison


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Post Posted 24 Jan 2011 11:39 am     Spelling correcting Reply with quote

b)b, Thanks. I knew the correct spelling. my computer did'nt. "Little" Buddy.
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Buddy Jennison


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Post Posted 24 Jan 2011 11:41 am     b0b Reply with quote

See. It doesn't know the difference between ) and 0. "Little" Buddy.
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