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GUEST,Pete Peterson Grayson & Whitter (27) RE: Grayson & Whitter 12 Sep 04


Greg, the Old Time Police are going to get you! Henry Whitter, as the old umpire joke goes,has "only one I". The liner notes to County 3517 have about ten pages about Grayson and only a paragraph or so about Whitter. He made the first recording of "Wreck of the Old 97" issued in 1923, Vernon Dalhart covered it a year or so later, and it was Dalhart's record that became the big hit. WHitter's singing and guitar playing inspired Ernest Stoneman to start his own career-- "I know I can outsing Henry Whitter any time; if I couldn't I'd quit." (Ivan Tribe's "The Stonemans" p. 37). I think he did his best work with Grayson, much better than when he was on his own.


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