Speck Rhodes (Gilbert Ray Rhodes)

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West Plains, Missouri, USA
Known to millions of fans for his work on the weekly Porter Wagoner television show. Born Gilbert Ray Rhodes in the southern Missouri town of West Plains in 1915, Speck was one of six children. All were musical, but the three boys -- Speck, Slim, and Dusty -- were turning professional by the time they were in their teens. By 1934 they were touring the RKO vaudeville circuit as the Log Cabin Mountaineers. Later on, Dusty became a fiddle champion, and Slim organized one of the best-known radio bands in the Memphis-Arkansas area. Read more...