One of the founding members from WLAF’s Tennessee Jamboree house band, the Blue Valley Boys, has died. Red Harrison passed away on Sunday.
TOP PHOTO: Harrison is on the far right.
WLAF friend Bradley Hanson transcribed one of the introductions from Blue Valley Boys leader Elmer Longmire here:
. . . Hello everybody and welcome friends to your Tennessee Jamboree here on another Saturday evening. I’ll tell you what, it’s good to have you tuned our way. Wherever you might be, hope you enjoy the next little bit now. We’ve got all the boys and girls here present and accounted for. So why don’t you kindly turn your dial up a little bit and stay around with us for the next hour, cause we’ve got Monroe, Big Red, Ol’ Sidro L.C., and the trio and all here on the Tennessee Jamboree. So we hope you’ll stay around with us . . .
Longmire mentions “Big Red” in the introduction. This was in reference to Red Harrison. Harrison generally played the string bass (double bass) and sang some. But he was primarily known as the “cut up” with the group always offering a clever saying or funny line.
The Tennessee Jamboree was a live weekly performance that aired over WLAF on Saturday nights from the 1950s into the 1970s.
Fred Earl “Red” Harrison was 89-years old. His full obituary is HERE.
(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/22/2019-6AM)