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Steve Green


From:
Gulfport, MS, USA
Post Posted 24 Jun 2017 5:52 am     Reply with quote

Last surviving member of Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain Boys, lead guitarist AJ Nelson has passed.

http://sellarsfuneralservices.com/tribute/details/6721/Alden-Nelson/obituary.html




L-R: Onie Wheeler, A.J. Nelson, Roy Acuff, Karen Wheeler, Leo Bittner, Charlie Collins
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Andrew Roblin


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Post Posted 25 Jun 2017 4:28 am     Reply with quote

AJ had a big heart full of friendliness and kindness.

AJ became a role model for me after I met him at the Sho-Bud store in 1979. He was the head of the repair department there and later did finishing work for Show-Pro.

Rest in peace and love, AJ.

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Ronald Sikes


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Corsicana, Tx
Post Posted 25 Jun 2017 5:34 am     Reply with quote

I never had the honor of meeting Mr. Nelson but I know he was a great guy by talking to many of his friends. Thank you Mr. Nelson for your service to our country and to the music industry. He did the finish on my Show Pro #26 and it looks even better today than when I first got it.


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Tom Campbell


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Houston, Texas, USA
Post Posted 25 Jun 2017 2:58 pm     Reply with quote

A.J did this sunburst job on a Remington D-8 non-pedal for me a few years ago.
Nice work A.J., Peace!
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Herb Steiner


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Spicewood TX 78669
Post Posted 25 Jun 2017 6:53 pm     Reply with quote

AJ did some refinish work on a couple steels of mine, when he was into his 80s. May we all live 94 full and productive years. RIP AJN!
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Skip Edwards


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LA,CA
Post Posted 25 Jun 2017 9:28 pm     Reply with quote

Sorry to hear about his passing. I never knew him, but I know that he was the real deal in our world of steel guitar and country music.
And, another WWII vet gone. That really makes me sad.
RIP, Mr Nelson.
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Chris Boyd


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Leonia,N.J./Charlestown,R.I.
Post Posted 26 Jun 2017 1:12 pm     Reply with quote




Another example of AJ's super fine work done in 2005...May he RIP..
This steel was redone in 2005 mechanically by Jeff Surratt with an all Show-Pro undercarriage and signed by Lloyd Green..
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Ricky Davis


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Austin, Texas USA
Post Posted 27 Jun 2017 12:16 pm     Reply with quote

When they found the original "Lightening Bolt" Fingertip that Lloyd Green made famous in the late 60's; it was painted something and bla bla...it was A.J. Nelson that new it was the Lightening bolt because he did the original finish on it and then did the refinish to it's original finish again when I restored it>
Bless you A.J.; you have brought so much beauty to so many peoples life.
RIP my friend and here is the most historic work of art you ever did.

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Lynn Stafford


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Oregon City, Oregon, USA
Post Posted 2 Aug 2017 7:10 am     A.J. Nelson Reply with quote

I just noticed this post about A.J. Nelson and want to offer my belated condolences to his friends and family. Rest in peace, Mr. Nelson.

Here is another fine example of his extraordinary finish work. This gorgeous Emmons was originally owned by Bobbe Seymour and then Cal Sharp. I bought it through Bobbe (long story) and subsequently sold it to Marvin Born.






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Willis Vanderberg


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Petoskey Mi
Post Posted 16 Oct 2017 4:33 pm     Reply with quote

I met AJ at Albert Johnsons shop in Talahassee Fl. Him and Albert and Dana did beautiful work. We are losing too many of the good ones. God Bless you AJ. We will miss you.
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