Billy Grammer passed away this morning.

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Billy Grammer passed away this morning.

Postby guitarchuck » Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:41 pm

From Eddie Pennington on facebook: This world has lost a great man and a truly great picker and musician this morning. Billy Grammer passed away at 12:20 am today in Benton, IL. His funeral will be at the Morton-Johnston Funeral Home there at 11 am Sat. RIP in Billy.
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Re: Billy Grammer passed away this morning.

Postby smokymtguitar09 » Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:19 pm

Sorry to hear that. Grammer Guitars and "Gotta Travel On",among my memories of him.
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Re: Billy Grammer passed away this morning.

Postby Richard Hudson » Wed Aug 10, 2011 4:02 pm

I was fortunate to get to meet Billy when I was in KY visiting Eddie and others. Billy was a well rounded entertainer and was very personable to be around. He will be missed. I have already listened to Gotta Travel On about 3 times this morning.
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Re: Billy Grammer passed away this morning.

Postby Ray Bohlken » Wed Aug 10, 2011 4:40 pm

There are several videos of Billy Grammer on Youtube. In one of them, he gives a little of the history of Grammer Guitars and picks Misty on one of them. He had a nice personality that came through in that video. Here is a link to him playing a solo version of It Had To Be You.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjeVQp2C ... re=related
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Re: Billy Grammer passed away this morning.

Postby guitarchuck » Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:33 pm

Although Billy Grammer used a flatpick, he had some influence on me. Not nearly as much as Chet, Merle, Jerry & Paul but I had all of Billy's gospel guitar LP's.
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Re: Billy Grammer passed away this morning.

Postby Greg Butler » Tue Aug 16, 2011 5:08 pm

Other than Chet, Billy's guitar pickin' had more influence on me than any other player. His two Gospel guitar albums back in the 60s have been a source of enjoyment and learning for me over and over. I wrote to Billy a few years ago to tell him how much I appreciated those recordings. He sent me a nice reply that included the copy of a newer guitar
cd that he'd recorded.
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Re: Billy Grammer passed away this morning.

Postby Richard Hudson » Tue Aug 16, 2011 5:21 pm

Dwayne Friend told me one time that my guitar playing reminded him of Billy Grammer. That was one of the highest compliments I have ever received, but of course, I didn't believe a word of it. I know better. Dwayne was just being nice.
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