RIP Slim Bryant
Slim Bryant died yesterday at the age of 101.
More photos and info here.
Here’s a short bio from his My Space page where you can also check out some of his music:
Thomas Hoyt “Slim” Bryant is a country music singer/songwriter and guitarist born in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 7, 1908. He is considered by many to be the father of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, country music scene, having performed on the very first program to air in that city, a musical variety show broadcast live on WDTV from Syria Mosque in Oakland, Pennsylvania, in 1949. He is thought to be the last surviving musician to have recorded with the legendary country singer Jimmie Rodgers, who died in 1933. In 1932, Rodgers recorded Bryant’s song Mother, the Queen of My Heart, with Bryant accompanying him on guitar. With his back-up group, the Georgia Wildcats, he wrote and recorded such novelty songs during his career as Eeny Meeny Dixie Deeny, the closest he ever came to having a “hit” on the Billboard charts.
Also check out this great long feature on Slim from the ND archives issue #49 Jan/Feb 2004.