Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 24 September 1964

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Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 24 September 1964

Postby dbennett » Sun Sep 24, 2017 5:46 am

The television show, Daniel Boone, debuted on this date and ran from 1964 to 1970.

Daniel Boone, aka Fess Parker (1924-2010), played his dulcimer with a noter and quill in the very first episode, Episode 1, Season 1 (as well as in episodes 2 & 7 that season).

On September 5, 1964 an article in the St. Petersburg Independent ran on page 5-B titled, “Boone In Boom, Kentucky In Malibu” in which they tell about Fess Parker using his personal dulcimer in the show, “...Not much has been overlooked on the series. Fess even strums a dulcimer, an ancient guitar type instrument which he picks with a turkey bone. “I call it ‘The Ole Sweet Talker,’” says Fess. “I use it when Mrs. Boone gets her dander up, or when I want to sing a lullaby to the kids.” The dulcimer is Parker’s idea and he brought the instrument out of the Smoky Mountains ten years ago...”

Daniel/Fess played his dulcimer in other episodes in other seasons as well.

For more info , photos of Boone/Parker and his dulcimer and video see my dulcimentary at
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Re: Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 24 September 1964

Postby dholeton » Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:55 am

Fess Parker was good with his dulcimer.

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