Gene Moles

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  1. jericho60

    jericho60 formerly ye olde fretmonkey

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    I've been studyin' pretty hard on REd Simpson's "Truck DRivin Fool" and "Roll Truck Roll". Love the tempos, love the songs, love the playing on em.

    So I know Gene played on REd's stuff, Kay Adams' stuff, his own hotrod/surf instros, and...what else? Where can I find some more Gene Moles?

    Also...was Barbara Mandrell from Bakersfield? I thought she was from Houston, but then I also heard that Joe Maphis discovered her when she was still a teenager.
     
  2. Mark Davis

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    Barbara Mandrell isnt from Bakersfield.

    Thanks to a string of hit singles and a popular television variety series, vocalist Barbara Mandrell was arguably the biggest female star in country music in the late '70s and early '80s. Born the oldest daughter into a musical family in Houston, TX, on Christmas Day, 1948, Mandrell was already reading music and playing accordion by the age of five. Just six years later, she was so adept at playing the steel guitar that her father escorted her to a music trade convention in Chicago, where her talents caught the attention of Chet Atkins and Joe Maphis. Soon after, she was a featured performer in Maphis' Las Vegas nightclub show, followed by television performances and tours with Red Foley, Johnny Cash, and Tex Ritter.


    When Mandrell was 14, her family formed its own group, with her father Irby on vocals and guitar, her mother Mary Ellen on bass, and Barbara handling pedal steel and saxophone. The band also included drummer Ken Dudney, whom Mandrell would eventually marry. The Mandrells toured the U.S. and Asia before Barbara made her first recordings in 1963, among them the minor hit "Queen for a Day." After a few more years of touring, Mandrell briefly retired in order to become a housewife, but she soon grew restless and returned to the music business. After signing with Columbia in 1969, she notched her first chart hit, a cover of the Otis Redding classic "I've Been Loving You Too Long." In 1970, Mandrell scored the first of many Top 40 hits with "Playin' Around With Love." In the same year, she began performing with singer David Houston, and their partnership also generated considerable chart success.
     
  3. Mark Davis

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    Gene Moles son Eugene posts here as Gene Moles as his handle maybe he will see this and fill in the blanks. All I know about was Genes stuff he did with Red Simpson.
     
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    Barbara Mandrell was a regular on "Town Hall Party" during that era. THP was where my parents met, incendentally. When I was growing up my mom would tell me about seeing a 13-14 year old Barbara Mandrell, along with Joe Maphis and others.
     
  5. jericho60

    jericho60 formerly ye olde fretmonkey

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    Did Gene play on any Tommy Collins stuff? Or was that mainly Joe Maphis? Don Rich? Roy Nichols??
     
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    I heard somewhere that Gene Moles Sr. is pals with Nokie Edwards.On one of the Ventures' early albums there's a real pretty tune called "Sunny River".Writers' credit is Edwards-Moles.Anyone know if that's Gene Sr?
     
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    Buck played on some of the Tommy Collins Capital recordings.
     
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    on the bear family set a variety of nashville and bakersfield pickers are credited... buck owens, billy strange, joe maphis, roy nichols, fred carter, merle haggard, ray edenton, ferlin husky, don rich, james wilkerson, harold bradley, wes buchanan, wynn stewart... i don't have the box set so i can't give you specifics... tj
     
  9. Mark Davis

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    Yes thats Gene Sr he passed away a few years ago.
     
  10. jericho60

    jericho60 formerly ye olde fretmonkey

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    The guy's style intrigues me. He's playing 16-20 notes on runs where most players would be playing 8.
     
  11. Mark Davis

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    Jr Brown copied almost every lick Gene did.

    When the song HWY patrol hit by Jr he called up Gene and invited him to the gig at the Crystal Palace. When Jr started doing those tuner tricks he said here is some stuff I learned from Gene Moles.

    Gene and Roy Nichols were sitting right across from me and they had the best time at that concert. I thought it was cool Jr gave Gene the credit he deserved.

    Gene was a special person the most humble man I ever met. I hung around his guitar shop for months before I even found out he was famous cause he never bragged about himself at all.
     
  12. MandyMarie

    MandyMarie Friend of Leo's

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    i broke my left wrist and i can't really type (because I'm lazy and typing with one hand gets me frustrated and angry!) but I soooo wanna! Gene's the king!

    I'll forward this thread to Eugene (who's the king of my heart!).
     
  13. Jakedog

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    DOH!! How'd you do that? Did senor PBR sneak up and bite ya?:lol:

    Anyhow, tell Eugene I said hey, I miss him already.

    See ya in May.
     
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    Inquiring minds want to know, Mandy. You better start spillin' some details. Don't make me come up there! I'm too close for this to be an empty threat! :rolleyes:
     
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    I enjoyed E. Moles' posts in the roy nichols thread & hope he'll see fit to chime in here.

    Get well soon Mandy.
     
  16. jericho60

    jericho60 formerly ye olde fretmonkey

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    Yeah, I've been on to the Jr/Gene connection for awhile. I need to sit down and go over some Gene stuff with Amazing SlowDowner and see if I can crack the code of what he was pickin.
     
  17. Mark Davis

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    Get well soon Mandy pal.
     
  18. Gene Moles

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    Hello everyone, My dad played on Barbara Mandrell's first records on the Mosrite label. "Queen For A Day" e.t.c. I believe my dad played on some Tommy Collins, But I don't know which ones. All the Red Simpson , Alot of Capitol recordings, Jody Miller. Merle's "Sam Hill" "Sing A Sad Song" One cut of "All My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers". Dick Curless. Kay Adams. Nokie and my dad became best friends when we lived in Tacoma, WA. About 1960 61'. My dad co-wrote and played on Twist With The Ventures while Nokie and his wife were gone shopping during the session. I'm on a session right now in Mississippi, but if I get a break pretty soon I'll post more. Thankyou, Eugene
     
  19. MandyMarie

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    Thanks guys, i love ya... miles, we had just gotten back into our hotel room in nashville (alcohol was indeed a 'lil bit of a factor, jakedog - but Eugene wasn't there this time so i can't blame it on him! ;)) and i slipped on a towel that was on the bathroom floor - nothing too embarrassing this time haha! i tried to catch myself and you should never do that - lesson learned! :D
    Come sign my cast! ...and fill in for me on the telecaster!

    Have fun in Mississip, Eugene!
     
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    If y'all were only a little closer than 4 hours, I'd be all over it. I'd love to throw down with you guys sometime.
     
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