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GUEST,Arkie Bill Mounce, Anyone Heard of Him (10) RE: Bill Mounce, Anyone Heard of Him 14 Sep 14


I discovered in what research I did and what I got from Maeve that there was more than one Bill Mounce. The western swing drummer from Waco had died by the time the bluegrass Bill M. was doing festivals in Arkansas. The bluegrass version was noted for his humor which became a little off color in later years. The following note came from an account of the the Little Opry in northwest Arknasas and is typical of Mounce.

"There are so many good memories," says Jeanne Simmons, who's sixty-four and known as the Queen of the Little O' Oprey. "I loved the early days because we struggled. Many times there were more people to perform than there were people in the audience. Back then you didn't have to audition. But the funniest thing was when a bluegrass performer named Bill Mounce started back up on stage for an encore, and his false teeth fell out on stage. Everybody was so tickled that we couldn't do anything for a few minutes and then Bill said, 'I always did wonder what my smile looked like, and there it is, right there.'"


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