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Mike Lemley

Mt. Gilead,Ohio, USA
Post Posted 16 Jun 2009 3:29 am     Reply with quote

Herman G. "Jiggs" Lemley passed April 30th 2009 at his home in Ft.Myers,Fl. My father was eighty one years old and had been fighting lung cancer for four years.
Dad played steel for Hawkshaw Hawkins for five years in the late forties and early fifties , touring the north eastern United States and Canada. At that time Hawkshaw was one of the biggest stars at the WWVA Jamboree in Wheeling, West Virginia. Dad also played steel and Dobro as a staff musician at the Jamboree backing up stars such as George Morgan, Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper, Doc Williams, Big Slim and many more. Many package shows they did included Opry Stars of that era. Jiggs Lemleys musical legacy can be seen at www.hillbilly-music/
My guess is Dad and Hawk are gigin right now.

Mike Lemley
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Jack Stoner

Inverness, Fl
Post Posted 16 Jun 2009 4:16 am     Reply with quote

Sorry to hear that. A singer friend, Billy Cook, always talked about him. He worked with him in Ft Myers for several years.

I think he was the Steeler with Hawkshaw when I saw them one time at Valley View Park in Hellam (York), Pa. Hawk was still on Wheeling at the time.
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Mike Lemley

Mt. Gilead,Ohio, USA
Post Posted 16 Jun 2009 5:38 am     Reply with quote

Thanks Jack, I met Billy when they were playing the Big Still in N. Ft. Myers years ago. Dad thought a lot of Billy. Mike
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Jerry Overstreet

Louisville Ky
Post Posted 16 Jun 2009 8:40 am     Reply with quote

Condolences on the recent loss of your father, Mike.
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Dick Cochran

Conesville, OH USA
Post Posted 17 Jun 2009 5:17 pm     Reply with quote

Hi Mike, I'm sorry about your loss. I met Jiggs at a friends jam here in Ohio in 1962 or 1963. When he started to play his straight steel, I put my Fender 400 back in the case. Very Happy What an interesting life he must have lived. Another great steeler gone!

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Fred Thompson

Rockland, Me, Zephyrhills, FL
Post Posted 29 Jun 2009 1:40 pm     Reply with quote

Mike, I met your dad at club in Ft. Myers quite a few years ago. He wore his derby hat and vest, I remember, and we had a great conversation. My good friend, Jamboree performer "Genial Gene" Hooper talked of "Jiggs" and his playing ability. That evening I had the chance to watch him up-close. He showed me his set-up and explained some licks for this then 'newbie'. He was very kind to me and I never forgot that kindness.
My sincere condolences.
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