February 11, 2022 Trivia Contest

This Contest is Closed
The winners are:
Todd Evans
Chris Scheu

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What do the following have in common in bluegrass? Choose the single correct answer from the multiple choices at the bottom, A through I.

• The Hillmen
• The Golden State Boys
• The Beverly Hillbillies
• Kentucky
• The Bluegrass Cardinals
• 5 String Banjo
• Del McCoury
• Vern Gosdin
• California
• Ernie Sykes Jr of Long Island NY
• Virginia

A. The Byrds
B. Jerry Garcia
C. Ry Cooder
D. Roy Clark
E. Don Parmley
F. Filmways
G. CBS/Columbia Records
H. Martha White Flour
I. Earl Scruggs

The answer is “E Don Parmley”.

Additional Bowden Comments

Good job by Todd & Chris, the answer is E Don Parmley. I don’t recall seeing Chris as a winner before; he’s the senior member of the Board of Directors!

Don was banjo player in The Golden State Boys in California, succeeding Del McCoury. The band got renamed the Hillmen for Chris Hillman who went on to form the Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers and more. Vern Gosdin was the guitar player and singer in the band — he went on to MONSTER status in top 40 country music in the 1970s and 80s. What a voice! Don helped start up the California bluegrass scene.

Don was a Kentuckian, living in California and working in the bus business. He played the incidental banjo music in the Beverly Hillbillies TV show (not the theme, but the little passages at the beginnings and ends of many scenes). The Beverly Hillbillies was a “Filmways presentation” as Elly May used to intone at the end of each episode. It was broadcast on CBS television for I think 9 years. The theme was a huge hit on Columbia records for Flatt & Scruggs in 1962-63.

In the 1970s Don formed the band The Bluegrass Cardinals in California featuring his son David on guitar and lead vocals. Their first recording was very well received so they moved East to work the bluegrass festival circuit, picking up a new bass player and a new fiddler from W. Virginia and Pennsylvania. Their new home state was Virginia, and their second LP was titled “Welcome to Virginia”. Quite a few good pickers and singers worked in The Bluegrass Cardinals, who made many records and were big festival favorites. One of their bass players and tenor singers was Ernie Sykes Jr. of Long Island NY!

The late Don Parmley is at the center of this tangled ball of yarn!

Dick Bowden

Dick Bowden recently retired after a 45 year career in the paper industry, and moved from Connecticut to Big Indian NY (Ulster County) where he ekes out a precarious existence as a groundskeeper. Dick has been performing bluegrass music on banjo and guitar since 1966 in his home state of Maine, throughout New England, and internationally with The Case Brothers - Martin & Gibson. He has performed for HVBA with the Old Time Bluegrass Singers, and also sent in a squadron of Dick Bowden's Flying Circus. Most recently Dick has played Dobro (tm) with the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band. Dick has written many articles for Bluegrass Unlimited, Bluegrass Today, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass magazine) and HVBA.

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