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Dale Rose Remembering Lonnie Glosson (1908-2001) (11) RE: Remembering Lonnie Glosson 18 Jan 01

I can second that, though I was afraid he had left us when I saw your thread title, Arkie!

When I was a kid, I used to listen nearly every night to WCKY, XERF, etc. and long after I should have been asleep, Lonnie and Wayne would come on with their show, playing and singing and SELLING THOSE FABULOUS WILLIAM KRATT HARMONICAS! Now you had to know that they were selling so fast that they were just about to run out and if you didn't get your order in the mail bright and early the next day, well, you just might be disappointed. Of course, I stood that just about as long as I could before saving up my allowance and sending for one. I only learned to play one song to my satisfaction, Good King Wenceslas, but I sure had a lot of fun with it. Unfortunately, multiple moves by my parents after I went off to college permanently misplaced my beloved WILLIAM KRATT, but I still have fond memories of it and the instruction books which came with it. Such items command pretty good prices on eBay, by the way ~~ though I managed to sneak off with a nice inexpensive piece of sheet music for Why Don't You Haul Off And Love Me a couple of months ago.

Many years later, early 80s, I think, I was fortunate to meet both Lonnie and Wayne when they were up in St. Louis for a festival. That was among the last performances for Wayne Raney, I believe. And of course, I have seen Lonnie several times since moving to Arkansas. You are right about the prices. A couple of years ago I saw him at what we love to call the Dam Site ~~ the William Garner Visitor Center at the Greers Ferry Lake Dam. He entertained us with all his hits, including one twice to satisfy a request from the audience, and kept lowering the prices on his tapes until he was nearly giving them to us. I bought only one, but should have gotten more.

Precious Memories, indeed.

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