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    A couple of these kids grew to be famous folkies of the sixties.


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    Tom and Jerry

    You can still see who they are looking at their faces even at that age.
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    Their faces and their relative heights. Me you & Julio.
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    Their faces and their relative heights. Me you & Julio.
    The only living boys in New York.

    I was shocked that the tall one was that close to the short one's height at that point.
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    I was shocked that the tall one was that close to the short one's height at that point.
    Wikipedia has AG topping off at 5'9". Relatively tall considering his partner is 5'3".
    Both numbers coming as a bit of surprise to me.

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    I took AG to be taller than that. I guess when you hang with shorter people others will think that. I remember thinking basketball player Dave Twardzik was short. Then I met him. He was much taller than I am but much shorter than his teammates.
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    In that old photo, shorty is in the foreground.
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    Thank you, Mark, for sharing these terrific images. My coming of age was during the sixties. By 1973, my musical sail had me following the course set by Blake, Hartford, Clements, et al. While these photos don’t necessarily make me long for the “good old days,” they do bring back memories of unforgettable times, journeys, and opportunities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NursingDaBlues View Post
    Thank you, Mark, for sharing these terrific images. My coming of age was during the sixties. By 1973, my musical sail had me following the course set by Blake, Hartford, Clements, et al. While these photos don’t necessarily make me long for the “good old days,” they do bring back memories of unforgettable times, journeys, and opportunities.
    IIRC, you are from my home state of Louisiana and I think we're about the same age. I was a child of the 60's (b.Jan1955) and early 70's. I learned folk & mountain music from my relatives and from my dad's records, he played folk and country on the guitar ... by the time I turned 11, I was swiping my older sister's Elvis records and trying to learn the Beatles on dad's guitar, and a cheap little organ my cousin had swiped from his older sister. We were gonna be rock & roll musicians.

    I explored a lot of music, but never far from Folk, Blues, Country, Gospel and Classic Rock. That all goes together for me. I fell into the hippie/beatnick stuff pretty easily when the folk revival was influencing everything.
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    IIRC, you are from my home state of Louisiana and I think we're about the same age. I was a child of the 60's (b.Jan1955) and early 70's. I learned folk & mountain music from my relatives and from my dad's records, he played folk and country on the guitar ... by the time I turned 11, I was swiping my older sister's Elvis records and trying to learn the Beatles on dad's guitar, and a cheap little organ my cousin had swiped from his older sister. We were gonna be rock & roll musicians.

    I explored a lot of music, but never far from Folk, Blues, Country, Gospel and Classic Rock. That all goes together for me. I fell into the hippie/beatnick stuff pretty easily when the folk revival was influencing everything.
    Yes, my claim to fame is being a simple Louisiana boy. Home was a very small town – not much more than a crossroads – in north Louisiana. I’m just a bit older than you, but it sounds like we have similar influences. My father and grandfather were both pretty good guitar players who thought Ernest, Kitty, and Hank hung the moon, but they still taught me to respect all types of music. I went to a small country church where the old hymnals and gospel quartets gave me something that I could hang my hat on – although I didn’t realize it until a few years down the road. I, too, ventured into different territories in the sixties, which included the usual rock and roll suspects. There were also a couple of Louisiana bands that made me sit up and pay attention like The Boogie Kings and The Gripping Force. But there were others that really influenced me: Otis Redding and Percy sledge were in the mix, as were The Band, Poco, the Byrds, even the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. That music led me to Prine, Hartford, Blake, Clements, many of the Laurel Canyon artists, Old and In the Way, and others who played and sang music that filled my soul. Yep, good memories. Good influences. Thank you for giving me reason to remember.

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    This is from the early 1970's when Uncle Gene Johnson was joined by his mando/tenor hero John Duffey-I heard that John was poking fun at Uncle Gene till he heard him play! John had a whole new respect for Uncle Gene!

    Darn I can't rotate this old photo-any help?

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    This is one from the late 1960's "The Smith Bros from upstate NY/Sugar Grove PA area with My Grandpa big Bill Smith on Uncle Dick's 37 Herringbone and Great Uncle Dick Smith on banjo and a young Uncle Gene Johnson on his new mandolin #75305 Feb. 18th 1924 Loar F-5! Came from the original owner-well to a shop first Stutzmans then to Uncle Gene!

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    Thanks for sharing, William, these are great!

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    John Duffy & Gene Johnson

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    I'll try and find a few more oldies that I have of my family, The one with Uncle Gene and Duffey was when Uncle Gene played with the II Generation-listen to those old records and you'll here some mighty fine mandolin playing!!!

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