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Brad Bechtel


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Post  Posted 28 Feb 2008 10:13 am    
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Unfortunately she's only shown for a short while, but this YouTube clip displays Marian Hall's playing pretty well.
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Doug Beaumier


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Post  Posted 28 Feb 2008 10:55 am    
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Very nice. I like the "body english" at the end of her second solo!


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Roger Shackelton


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Post  Posted 28 Feb 2008 12:43 pm    
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I agree with Doug, Marian also plays very well.
Does anyone know which tunings she used?

Someone made mention awhile back that there are videos/DVDs available of the Townhall Party.??


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Roger Miller


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Post  Posted 28 Feb 2008 3:35 pm    
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One of the best articles that I have read about Marion was in the Vintage Guitar mag. It was a interview I believe by Cindy Cashdollar. Really should check it out.
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Larry Jamieson


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Post  Posted 28 Feb 2008 3:57 pm    
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Interesting, for sure! Anybody know who might have built that double neck guitar Joe is playing? I never saw one like that before...
Larry J.
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Ron Whitfield


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Kaaawa, Hawaii, USA
Post  Posted 28 Feb 2008 3:59 pm     whewwww doggies!
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If that one clip alone doesn't qualify her as the sexiest woman in music history..., probably my very favorite THP clip.
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Roger Shackelton


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Post  Posted 28 Feb 2008 5:11 pm    
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Larry, I'm not totally sure, but I believe Joe's guitar was made by the MOSRITE GUITAR CO in California. As far as I know, they are no longer in business.
Larry Collins of the famous "Collins Kids" also played a MOSRITE double neck guitar.

Roger
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Richard Ingley


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Bowie, Texas, USA
Post  Posted 28 Feb 2008 5:15 pm    
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Larry, that is a Mosrite Special, made by Semi Moseley. I believe his shop was somewhere around Bakersfield, CA. He died in 1992.

Joe “King of the Strings” Maphis played a gaudy, 1954-vintage custom-built double-neck Mosrite.
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Bobby Caldwell


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Post  Posted 28 Feb 2008 6:43 pm    
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WOW!!!!!! Great stuff. Joe and the gang pickin' up a storm. Marion was a very talented steel guitarist. I have seen other shows and she played some nice pedal stuff. I would love to see more. BTW How come my double neck Joe Maphis Mosrite doesn't sound like that. Oh well. Bobby
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Larry Jamieson


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Post  Posted 28 Feb 2008 7:56 pm    
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Thanks guys, I thought that looked like a Mosrite from the shape and slant of the pickups. I remember seeing them on the Ventures album jackets.
The Ventures are currently marketing a guitar which looks like the old Mosrite, but it has the Ventures name on the head stock.
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Wally Taylor


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Hardin, Kentucky, USA
Post  Posted 1 Mar 2008 9:26 pm     Joe Maphis
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Man oh man!! Did Joe ever play a slow song in his whole career? Everything I ever heard out of this guy was wide open!!
Thanks for posting and bringing back some real pleasant memories of a time gone by and a time when effects pedals were not required, just pure talent.

Wally
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LJ Eiffert


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Post  Posted 2 Mar 2008 10:31 pm    
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Hello Brad Bechtel,thanks for being MS.Marian Hall up.I Produced one single on her on my Young Country Records and The Song was " L.Daivd Sloan ".It got a pick in BillBoard Magazine for us.She sure was a sweet heart to work with.I've also had the pleasure of working with (both) as I call him,Uncle Joe & Rose Lee Maphis.Uncle Joe was dear to me to.He and I got to do that little double pickin' thing together & I've got it on Tape. Two of the most colorful people in my life was and still is,Joe & Rose Lee Maphis. > > Leo J.Eiffert,Jr.
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Ron Whitfield


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Post  Posted 3 Mar 2008 12:44 pm    
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Leo, is Rose Lee still with us? Seems I read she passed on a while back, but I recently saw a pic of her within a 2 yr. time frame.
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LJ Eiffert


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Post  Posted 3 Mar 2008 2:59 pm    
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Hello Ron Whitefield,Yes,Rose Lee is still with us. She lives in Nashville,Tn with her daughter.I think Rose Lee is still working at Opryland,but,I don't know for sure! Thanks Ron for asking. It sure hurt them both ( Joe & Rose) when their son Dale passed away, before uncle Joe. > Leo J.Eiffert,Jr.
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Ron Whitfield


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Post  Posted 3 Mar 2008 4:41 pm     Thanx, Leo!
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That's great, Leo. She should get her own (Bear Recs.) THP video presentation (as should every member of that terrific TV program), as well as write a book about her unique life and times.
It'll never happen quite that way again.
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LJ Eiffert


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Post  Posted 4 Mar 2008 7:32 pm    
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Hello Ron,I will pass on your words to Rose Lee for you. It is real nice to know that someone still cares who their are,Joe & Rose Lee Maphis. God Bless you & your Family Ron,Leo.
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Russ Wever


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Post  Posted 4 Mar 2008 10:49 pm    
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Quote:
I think Rose Lee is
still working at
Opryland,but,I don't
know for sure!


FWIW, Opryland closed
up over ten years ago.

~Russ
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LJ Eiffert


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Post  Posted 5 Mar 2008 4:43 pm    
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Hey Russ,you're right. I forgot to write Hotel.Opryland Hotel. Leo J.Eiffert,Jr.
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Ron Elliott


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Madison, Tennessee, USA
Post  Posted 5 Mar 2008 7:12 pm     Rose Still With Us
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I worked many shows with Joe & Rose, I see Rose every other month at the ROPE Socials. She seems to be doing fine. Ron
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LJ Eiffert


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Post  Posted 6 Mar 2008 7:27 pm    
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Hey Ron,when you see Mrs.Rose Maphis give her a Big Big Hug for us and say this is from Leo Eiffert,Eddy Drake & Danny Michaels and watch her eyes. Thanks Leo J.Eiffert,Jr.
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Ron Elliott


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Post  Posted 6 Mar 2008 8:35 pm     Ron/Rosie M.
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Leo, I'll be seeing Rosie(hopfully) on April 10th at the ROPE Social at John A's in Nashville. I'll be glad to pass the Hugs & Hellos on to Rosie. Thanks. Ron
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Bobby Boggs


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Post  Posted 6 Mar 2008 9:50 pm    
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Thanks for the link Brad. I had heard of the lady but never heard her play. I enjoyed it very much.Would love to hear more. Links anyone?
Smile

Also gotta ask. Where and what time period was this recorded? Late 50's? THanks.......bb
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Brad Bechtel


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Post  Posted 7 Mar 2008 8:51 am    
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Do a search on Youtube for "Ranch Party Gang" and you'll find a couple more videos. Unfortunately I haven't found any more that feature Ms.Hall.
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Ron Whitfield


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Post  Posted 7 Mar 2008 5:22 pm    
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Bobby, there have been only a few SGF threads concerning Marian, but do an SGF 'search' and you'll find what's there, in particularly one that had Marian participating, and was probably the last things she ever did pertaining to steel.

The Town Hall Boogie is the most of, and best cut of Marian's playing on THP that I've ever seen, and she was with them the first 5 or so years in the early 50s, then Billy Mize took over on steel.
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Gerard Rowan


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Post  Posted 8 Mar 2008 9:02 pm    
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Here's a link to Cindy Cashdollar's 'Vintage Guitar' article about Marian:
http://www.vintageguitar.com/features/artists/details.asp?AID=2243
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