Buck Ryan, Smitty Irvin, Bill Harrell and the Virginians on the Jimmy Dean TV show, 1964





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Published on Dec 28, 2010

Buck Ryan - fiddle, Smitty Irvin- banjo, Bill Harrell - guitar, Stoney Edwards - bass. From 1964 Jimmy Dean TV show.

Myrtle Irvin Green, 2010 recipient of Art of Sound's Heritage Bridge Award, played with Smitty and her father, H.G. Irvin in the family band before the boys, Smitty and Roy, and H.G. moved to Washington, D.C. to play in some of the nightclubs there. Smitty, Roy and Myrtle's grandfather was legendary banjo pioneer and three-finger innovator Smith Hammett.

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Comments • 11

Marcel Huguenin
Now this is Bluegrass singing & picki' !!!!
Back in the early 40's we lived in Johnson City, Tennessee. My folks rented a room to Buck and he used to babysit me... met him many years later at Beanblossom and he remembered very well - told me to say hi to my folks and give them his best... Lin
Joe Cline
Written by Newton Thomas (Tommy Newton), a DJ and jazz piano player who lived in Richmond, Va. at the time. He wrote it on a (bar) bet, sent it off to a N'ville publisher, where it was accidentally heard by Lester Flatt, who decided to record it with the Foggy Mt. Boys. Newton later moved to Charlotte, where he led a big band. "I never meant it to be a Bluegrass song," he told me; "It was just a little novelty number I wrote in about fifteen minutes. But it paid me some good money over the years." (The second verse was omitted here, BTW.)
good job great grandpa!!!!!! 
Bernice Atkins
I remember those boys and loved them. Wish they would show more of them on the Jimmy Dean Shows, instead of a lot of the non country ones.
Matteo Ringressi
Wonderful footage!! So great to finally see what Stoney looked like!
Really great! Would you happen to have the show were Eddie Peabody was guest on plectrum banjo?
Bill Dailey
I watched these guys before I went to work every morning in the mid 1950's. Smitty was one of my early influences to take up the banjo. Great footage! Thanks for posting.
Bruce Anderson
@BruceMichaelAnderson As I understand One of the 1st names for the Bands Smitty played with was called the mountaineers
WoW! These guys are great! Thanks for posting!
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