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Rose Sinclair

 

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Post  Posted 22 Nov 2017 3:26 pm    
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Does anyone have info on Gerald "Buster" Magness out of Sand Springs, Oklahoma who played a triple-neck Rickenbacker for Johnnie Lee Wills and Merl Lindsay & His Oklahoma Night Riders?

Thanks in advance.
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Mitch Drumm

 

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Post  Posted 22 Nov 2017 4:02 pm    
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I found his obituary a year or so ago.

Born 1923; deceased 2011.

I do not have any early pictures of him in jpg format, but I'm sure there are some floating around in books or magazine articles.

He played on the Wills original version of Rag Mop. That's him on Lindsay's Safety Pin Rag. He takes an extended ride on the Wills transcription recording of In The Mood.



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Rose Sinclair

 

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Post  Posted 24 Nov 2017 10:39 am    
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Thanks, Mitch! I just met his grandnephew so I wanted to try to find out more about him. Great player!
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Chris Templeton


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Post  Posted 24 Nov 2017 1:14 pm    
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Youtube only has Johnnie Lee Wills doing "Rag Mop". Did Bob record it too?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ot4TBHn14WI
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Mitch Drumm

 

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Post  Posted 24 Nov 2017 1:34 pm    
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I don't think Bob ever did it, but Leon did. The song was on everybody's lips for a while in the early 50s.


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Mitch Drumm

 

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Post  Posted 20 Apr 2019 10:10 am    
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Rose:

Just found this picture, probably late 1940s? The only early pic I have of Buster. Looks like a Fender?

Buster and Slim Idaho are the only players I can think of with a steel engraved on their headstones. Very strange to me that the 2 steels appear to be identical, 60 plus years apart. Must be a pattern of some type.








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