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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post  Posted 1 Aug 2020 3:25 pm    
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Watching a Hee Haw earlier this week. Judging by the wardrobe, long hair etc. I'm thinking this must have aired early 70s.

Steel player on a Zum that also sat on guitar during one of their spots.

It's been a long time, and I can't remember everybody that Mike played with, but I'm thinking it was him on this show. Long hair and a wood grain Zum.

Duane had shoulder length hair and chops, WL Golden had dark hair, and I believe the other front member besides Sterban was blonde haired Willie Wynn.

Does this sound right? Are you out there to comfirm or deny this Mr. Miguel?

EDIT: it's not a Zum...it appears to be a Marlen. I'm probably wrong about the steeler too. It might be Burt Reynolds! Not! Feel free to ID him though.

I found a clip on youtube here: https://youtu.be/QLcoHLP5uyE


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Steve Hinson

 

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Hendersonville Tn USA
Post  Posted 2 Aug 2020 6:03 am    
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Jerry,Mrs.Hinson saw ORB on"Hee Haw"this week and told me our friend John Rich was playing steel and guitar with them.

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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post  Posted 2 Aug 2020 6:24 am    
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Thanks Mr and Mrs. Hinson. Mystery solved. Sorry Mike.

I have to admit I am not familiar with John Rich the steel player. He sounds great in these videos. I found some information here and there online. I clipped some of it here:

The poster comments:
"The pedal steel player on this song is John Rich (not to be confused with John Rich of "Big & Rich" fame). He played steel and electric guitar for the Oaks for several years, and later with William Lee Golden's band."

You only catch a couple brief glimpses of him in that clip, but there's another video which starts right off with John Rich sitting behind his pedal-steel, playing a guitar -

Wikipedia says John Rich was in the Oak Ridge Boys from '72-'75.
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Darvin Willhoite


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Roxton, Tx. USA
Post  Posted 2 Aug 2020 7:56 pm    
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I saw the Oaks a couple of times when John Rich was with them. I also have an Oaks Band album that he was on, they sounded really good.
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