February 25, 2022 Trivia Contest

This Contest is Closed
The winners are: Andy Bing, Roy Streever, and Diane Winslow

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Who of the following is NOT a current bluegrass singer?

Dale Ann Bradley
Brooke Aldridge
Pearl Bodine
Becky Buller
Tina Adair
Laurie Lewis
Amanda Smith
Valerie Smith
None of the above

The answer is 3. Pearl Bodine was Jethro Bodine’s mother on the Beverly Hillbillies.

Additional Bowden Comments

Well done winners! Thanks to everyone for playing. Gary, we have a consolation prize and a home version of Bluegrass Trivia for you with our thanks. (Not really.)

Pearl Bodine was played by the formidable Bea Benaderet on the Beverly Hillbillies. Bea also did a lot of female voices in Warner Brothers Looney Tunes and The Flintstones, and was the star of the spin-off Petticoat Junction. I seem to dimly remember some kind of bad country band several years ago that called themselves Pearl Bodine or something like that.

But there is no Pearl Bodine bluegrass singer. Pearl was Jethro’s mother, and Jed’s sister.

Pearl was in the early years of the Hillbillies, visiting the family for quite a while. In the first appearance of Flatt & Scruggs on the show, they sent a letter ahead saying they were coming to Los Angeles for “an engagement” and looked forward to seeing the whole family including Pearl. Jethro, while running this letter in from the mailbox, fell in the cee-ment pond and all the ink ran except that F&S were “coming to town”, to see “Pearl” for an “engagement”. So they all thought Lester & Earl were coming to court Pearl. Once Lester & Earl sorted out the confusion, they teamed up to make Pearl feel good by singing the song “Pearl Pearl Pearl” to her. Flatt & Scruggs actually released a 45 rpm record of this little ditty.

In the end, Pearl turned ’em BOTH down, saying she couldn’t marry an entertainer who’d be on the road all the time. And she didn’t want to break up their act by picking one and disappointing the other!!

All the other ladies named are fine bluegrass singers.

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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