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tar_heel George Hamilton IV, a friend of folk music (51* d) RE: George Hamilton IV, a friend of folk music 22 Jan 02

george is my dear friend...we grew up together picking guitars and singing together in out own little band during out high school days during the 50's in winston-salem,n.c..i was 13 years old and playing my guitar and singing on a locale radio station,WAIR...heck,i knew maybe 5 or 6 good chords,but i could play and sing the country songs of that time and a lot of old gospel saturday morning this young kid,2 years younger than me,showed up at the radio station to see and hear me play and sing person...we became good friends from that day on...i taught him his first chords on the guitar...was his lead guitar picker in our band of high school buddies...picked and sang for groups,kids at the childrens home and on the first tv station to come on the air in town in 1953, got his first taste of country gospel music from my family(the 2nd generation of HEMRICK FAMILY SINGERS)which was my mom,dad,older sister and me....we sang mostly the old time gospel songs and many of the Chuck Wagon Gang,gospel songs.... george,to this day will tell you this same story anytime you ask him...certainly one of the great country artist of our time and a true dear friend...chuck hemrick...aka,tar_heel

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