He may not own a Grammy. He may not have ever topped the billboard charts. However, he is one of the best singers God put on this planet. His is the first singing voice I fell in love with, and I’ve been loving it for almost 45 years. If I had to choose a musical idol, it would without a doubt be him. He started to sing at a very early age. It was apparent to his Mother and everyone else that he had a gift. Having recognized his talent, his Mother took him to appear on a show back in the 50’s called “The Old Rebel and Pecos Pete Show” that aired on WFMY-TV in Greensboro, NC. It was one of the first kids shows. It captured an audience of thousands of kids. Even though it was during the days of racial unrest, kids from all ethnic backgrounds came together on the show. WRAL out of Raleigh, NC once hosted a variety show on Saturdays that spotlighted various individuals and groups in the late 60’s. He was a featured guest on that show as well. If I had a wish, it would be that I could find some footage and photos from those days. To have watched him over the years perform as an adult is one thing, but to see and hear him singing as a child would be the BEST THING EVER. Believe me, I’ve tried to recover anything I could from the archives, but to no avail.
HE IS MY DADDY.
Below are 2 video clips. Please forgive the random “other” people you may see. They just couldn’t resist rudely popping in and out of my view. It’s not my “best” taping as you will see. However, I did the best I could while surrounded by party goers. LOL!