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Posted by Roy Zinck
on January 9, 2019, 7:11 pm
I was watching an episode of the popular reality show American Pickers last summer. Hosts Mike and Frank search the back roads of America searching for lost treasures and collectables. I can't now recall exactly where they were, maybe the mid west, but in a barn Mike spots an old Jim Reeves poster. Out of a dozen posters hanging on the wall, this is the one he wants. Titled 'City Auditorium, Tuesday, may 21, 1961. Grand Old Opry presents Jim Reeves and the Lonely Blue Boys. By the way, the same picture of this poster is on page 115 of the Bear book.
Mike did buy the poster for $60.00. They discovered that it was a 1969 reprint. Had it been an original it could have had a price of $350.00 or more. Anyway, I have only been aware that the back up band were always referred to as the 'Blue Boys'. First time I have seen the 'Lonely' attached to this group. Can anyone recall this 'Lonely" being part of the official name? Maybe just an embellishment for this particular poster, but just don't know. Can anyone help me on this? ….. Thank you
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