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Donald Wesley Reno
Birth: Feb. 21, 1927
Buffalo
Union County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Oct. 16, 1984
Powhatan
Campbell County
Virginia, USA

Bluegrass Musician. He was playing for the local radio station by the time he turned 12, by 14 he was working with the Morris Brothers who introduced Don to a type of bluegrass music termed "mountain music," that was quickly gaining popularity. Bill Monroe was impressed by Reno and asked him to become a regular with his band. Reno declined his offer in order to enter the service where he fought on the front lines in Burma with a unit called Merrill's Marauders. After serving his country he then returned home to resume his musical career. He again met up with Bill Monroe and this time he joined his band. While playing for Monroe, Reno had the chance to hone his guitar skills where he became known as the "King of the Flat-Picking Guitarists," and also his banjo skills where he used the three finger roll technique. (bio by: Barbara Keys) 
 
Burial:
Spring Hill Cemetery
Lynchburg
Lynchburg City
Virginia, USA
Plot: Sec. 110, Lot 53, Spc. 1
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Barbara Keys
Record added: Nov 15, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9905286
Donald Wesley Reno
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Donald Wesley Reno
Added by: Barbara Keys
 
Donald Wesley Reno
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Thank you for your military service for our country. I remember well watching you on The Arthur Smith Show in Charlotte NC when I was young. You were such a large part of the Bluegrass Banjo family of performers and I believe you were the very best. Re...(Read more)
- Harold Armstrong
 Added: Apr. 5, 2015

- Mike Caldwell
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