|Birth: ||May 28, 1920|
|Death: ||Jul. 29, 1997|
THE BANJO MAN FROM TURKEY CREEK
Elmer Bird was named the best old-time banjo player four times by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America and six times by the Vandalia Gathering. He had retired from Union Carbide to forge a second career as a roving ambassador of old-time music. He died at age 77 on July 29, 1997, at his home near Hurricane.
He was born in rural Putnam County, WV in 1920. As a young man, he began playing local shows with his cousin George Bird who played the fiddle. Elmer played a "double drop-thumb" banjo style.
Beluah Jane Edwards Bird (1923 - 2002)*
Mount Moriah Baptist Cemetery
West Virginia, USA
Created by: Sandy Littlejohn
Record added: Sep 28, 2009
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