Back in 2000 or 2001 I sat in on a concert given by Jimmie Rogers (he of Honeycomb fame) in Branson. He basically did a lot of talking about his career and 'sang" a few of his hit recordings.However, prior to his first song he let us in on a little 'secret'.He said that he would be lip synching all the tunes he would be singing that afternoon.I think it would be fair to say all of us in the audience were taken aback at his comment.Then he paused to explain that after he was severely beaten by an off duty policeman he lost the ability to sing as well as we had heard him on various records (had he not said a word the backing for each of the songs would have alerted us that something was up because he was on the stage by himself with only a guitar in hand). Furthermore, he indicated that a number of the singers in Branson at that time were doing likewise in the the shows that we might be attending during our stay in the town.He provided a rationale for this practice and we the audience were left to wonder whom he might be talking about.Whatever the case the audience seemed to be very appreciative of his show and gave him a very hearty round of applause when it was all over!
My question is why would JR be involved in lip synching some of his hit songs (witness some of the his videos on youtube and elsewhere) given his great voice? Would that have been his decision solely or that of the producer given that he seemed somewhat uncomfortable doing it.?
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