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|An Ozarks Fiddler.
|William "Bill" Anthony|
|His name was William "Bill" Anthony, and he was born in 1923 in Boone County. He had been a fiddler since the early 1930's, and was very well known in Mid-Missouri music groups. He played the fiddle, guitar, steel guitar, and piano. He could pick up just about anything and learn how to play it very fast. He was a member of the Missouri Outlaws before they went big, and also a Goodtimer in Columbia. He used to be on the radio in the 1940's and 50's with a country music show.|
|Guitar accompanist and fiddler from Rush
Hill, Audrain Co. MO. Has backed up many fine Missouri fiddlers in
contests. Played a lot with Pete McMahan.
|Dr. Walter Bone|
|Old-time fiddler and
veteranarian from Pineville, McDonald Co., Missouri. Ozarks.
|Fiddler from Mexico,
Audrain Co., MO. Used to play in contests and dances with his wife
accompanying on the piano. Best known for playing the tune Aunt
|Kenneth "Polly" Burre||more info...|
|Fiddler and popular
contest MC from Tebbetts in Holt Co., MO. Also liked to repair
|Pete "Pierre" Boyer|
|Bill Caton (also Katon)|
|R. P. Christeson|
|Roy "Bill" Eddy|
|Chris German (Germain)||website|
|Dr. Jimmy Gray|
|Dr. Gray was an oral surgeon and fiddler
from St. Louis. I went to visit him once with John Griffin at his
home in suburban St. Louis County. He was in his eighties at the
time. It was damn hot day and we watch Jimmy as he watered a large
pumpkin vine and brought it back from a severely wilted condition.
Dr. Gray played many unique tunes. Kingery Hornpipe was one such set in the key of A, which I transcribed and gave to R. P. Christeson for inclusion in his second volume. Interestingly, Dr. Gray was the originator of Gray's Solution, which was a cure for gingivitis. He reveled in showing John Griffin and I a photo album full of before and after shots of people's bad gums!
|W. O. Hickam|
|Referred to by some as the "left-handed
dutchman", Jake Hockemeyer was one of the great old-time fiddlers from the
Little Dixie region of Missouri when I was young. He was from Mokane
in Cole County and played left-handed "over the bass".
His signature tune was Marmaduke's Hornpipe. I think I have never heard it played better than he could. He also played Fisher's Hornpipe in F really nicely (R. P. Christeson admired Jake's playing and once said he played Fisher's like Heifitz!). He had a particularly nice version of Peek-a-boo Waltz, as well, which if you closed your eyes while listening you might envision a slowly turning water wheel.
|Raymond "Pick" Johnson|
|Daniel Boone Jones|
|Sac River Jones|
|Dwight Lamb (Iowa)||website|
|B. E. "Bunny" Marriott|
|Howard "Rusty" Marshall||website|
|Brother of George Morris
|George Morris||more info...|
|The famous "fiddlin'
sheriff" from Columbia, Boone Co., MO.
|Dale Potter||more info...|
gifted and successful professional fiddle player from Puxico in Southeast
Missouri. He composed extremely difficult tunes incorporating extended
double-stop passages beyond the capability of most country players (yours
truly included), such as Fiddle Patch. Not really Missouri-style per
se, but still should be recognized as coming from the Missouri tradition.
|H. K. Silvey|
|Virgil Smith||more info...|
|Bob Walters||more info...|