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Re: Beverly Hillbillies Tab?
2/10/2004 8:22 AM
Kevin Bowling (5229) wrote:
Hi all. Thought I'd update. Audie Nugent sent me an e-mail on the subject and I'm gonna paste it here:
Haven't had the time to play in the last few days,
but I did run across more information on the music behind the Beverly
Hillbillies tv show.
Seems as though it was performed by Howard Roberts.
You have to remember there were only a handful of guitarist back then
that could play that type of Stuff and able to Read Music.
The Actual music was being written be A Hollywood song writer and then
Howard would have to read the music and improvise over it.
Flat and Scruggs were hired to do the music but couln't read the
standard notation so had to hire Howard Roberts.
It also went on to say the beginning Theme was also performed by
Roberts. He retuned the Banjo to guitar tunings. Lester Flatt later
How to play it.
To mention again there were only a handful of guitarist with that talent
back then: Howard Roberts, Glen Campbell, and Tommy Tedesco handled the
West Coast Recordings : Hank Garland, Chet, And Grady Martin handled
the Nashville area.
END OF QUOTE
I did a little research myself and came up with some info on Mr. Roberts. Among some of the many tv shows he performed on were Batman and The Twilight Zone (Both some cool themes). Not to mention a whole slew of others and a boatload of movies as well. I never saw any listing of him playing for "The Hillbillies" but I heard some sound clips and this could very well be him.
No, I don't think it could possibly be Hank Garland. According to the info I found, he was in a car accident and lost a lot of motor skills in 1961. Had to relearn guitar from scratch. Never returned to studio work. The Hillbillies didn't go on the air until 1962.
That's all I know, or don't know, for now. When I find out anything else, I'll let you in on it too.