Saturday, 26 December 2015

Happy Birthday Uncle Charlie Osborne - amazing fiddle player

I was trying to decide whether to post a Dec 26th Happy Birthday greeting for...
  • Uncle Charlie Osborne, born 1890, or 
  • Henry Miller, born 1981, world-famous American author (Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Sexus) or
  • Mao Zedong, born 1893, Chinese revolutionary & Chairman of the Communist Party of China 
Uncle Charlie won.... sorry Mr. Miller and Mao. I promise it will be your turn next year and the next.... here's Uncle Charlie's story....

"Charles Nelson Osborne, (December 1890 – May 1992), affectionately known as "Uncle Charlie," was a musician in the Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia. He was born in what is now known as Cowan Osborne Hollow, named for his father, in Copper Creek, Virginia.

He was regionally famous from the time he was about 15 until his death at age 101 in 1992.

Charlie had a unique style of playing the fiddle with his left hand, on a right-handed fiddle. He and his brother, Emmett Osborne, played on WOPI radio station in Bristol, Tennessee, from the early 1920s until the early 1930s. They were contemporaries of country music founders Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family, and occasionally gave advice to Tennessee Ernie Ford on his music.
Uncle Charlie was blinded in his left eye at age 21 when he was shot in the head with a pistol."

Read more about Uncle Charlie on Wikipedia  then Check out this YouTube video of Uncle Charlie playing "Ida Red"

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