Flatt & Scruggs with Hilo Brown, New River Ranch, April 28, 1957
Osborne Brothers with Red Allen, 1957
Flatt & Scruggs, Martha White Shows, 1959-1960
Flatt & Scruggs, Liveat the Ash Grove, 1961
Country Gazette, WAMU Festival, April 1982
Country Gazette, Sapporo, Japan, June 1977
Dennis' note to me 4/18/16
There were lots of people recording with reel to reel units in the 1950s
and 1960 (you included I'm sure). Anyone who got their early exposure
to bluegrass at Carlton Haney's first festivals knew that was a given. I was
there in 1966 and 1967 helping a friend record everything by everyone.
I started getting serious about collecting around 1971 and had very
little to trade at the time but there were a couple of people who I
believe advertised in Bluegrass Unlimited who got me on my feet, as
well as many others, as a tape collector. They should be recognized.
First and foremost was a pharmacist from the Chicago area, Don Hoos.
All names spelled are going to be phonetic since I haven't heard from any
of these people in years. Don had a fabulous collection and was willing to
share all of it on cassette tape, which meant that reel to reel guys had
to step up to the "new" technology. When I first received his tape list
it was about 20 pages of priceless live shows, radio shows and
impossible to find recordings. I would say in the 1970s and even early
1980s Don was the go to collector in the United States. I'm sure the
Flatt and Scruggs and the Osborne Brothers with Red Allen material
came from his collection.
The Sapporo, Japan story is an interesting one as well and here comes
my phonetic spelling again. I traded reel to reel tape with two Japanese
fans, Kenzi Tiara and Toshima (whose last name I forget). We would
write to each other on the old "air mail" paper which was much thinner
than normal writing paper and cost less to mail internationally. Then
we paid the price by sending reel to reel rather than cassette, but
we could do it internationally as media mail and it was certainly
worth it. I got shows and copies of recordings that no one else in the
country had. It was oneof the two of them that got the Sapporo recording
for me. I apologize to Toshima for not remembering his last name. It's
been a few years.
WAMU broadcast a live fundraising bluegrass show annually as well as
non-fund raisers, from time to time, when Gary Henderson had guests in
the studio. I'm guilty of recording that one off the air.
As I told you I gave the bulk of my collection to the International
Bluegrass Music Museum, after converting everything to CD, in hopes that
at some point they will share it with fans the way you are sharing your
collections. Thanks for asking and letting me tell you about these pioneers.