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Jim: David Akeman - Stringbean - a Bar X Boy 1939

Jim uncovers a little known fact: A future Grand Ole Opry star performed with Casey Jones with mostly Columbia, KY entertainers - though the performance was in Lexington - not Columbia, at WVLK: Stringbean. The nugget is especially appropriate with Columbia's coming of age in the Music Industry with the advent of the Red Brick Recording Studio, at 200 Public Square - Soon

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A misspelling in the first post in the Daily Statesman was repeated in the cutline for the photo of Casey Jones and the Bar X Boys of Columbia, KY - and this proofing problem masked perhaps the greatest significance of the photo: David Akeman (not Aikman) would go on to become the world famous country comedian, Stringbean. Jim writes, "The misspelling is in the cutline of the 1983 photo; most likely, the name was misspelled in the original 1939 photo as well," and sends this link: David Akeman entry in Wikipedia

Thanks, JIM, for letting CM readers know. And if anyone knows if the group with David Akeman ever performed in Columbia, KY, we appreciate getting that information. -EW

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Casey Jones & Bar X Boys, 1939

2012-08-17 - Columbia, KY - Photo submitted by Mike Watson. "Enjoyed the recent photo on CM of Casey Jones and wife in costume," Mike Watson writes. Here is a scan of a 1939 Adair County News article and photo on the Bar X Boys that was reprinted in The Daily Statesman in 1983. Photo is poor, at best, but the members were identified, left to right, as: David Ackman (click read more: name should be "David Akeman," and that adds a great significance to the photo. Click Readmore for JIM's surprising clarification), Gordon Kelsay, Casey Jones, Clyde Royse and Hollis Keltner."
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