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James K. Becker, SFC, USA, Ret.

Minnie Pearl image
One night at the Opry, Hank said, "Minnie, there just ain't no light."
Hank was wrong!
If one has enough belief and faith there is a light.
It is the Light and Love of God.
Hank Williams image

I came in to the possession of this bass in 1963 whilst I was working at the Keyhole Lounge in Hialeah, Fla. Hank Snow's bass player, Ralph Jernnigan, stopped in one night and he had his bass with him. He asked me if I would like to try it for a while. I said sure.

At the time I was playing a brand new, less than 2 weeks old Fender Jazz Bass, thru an Ampeg B-15 flip-top amp (I still have that amp by the way). I was smitten with how much better his bass sounded, so much more tone, body, depth, and punch. I said to him, "Hey, your bass has scratches, nicks, bumps, cigarette stains on it, how about I trade you my BRAND NEW Fender Jazz bass, with out a flaw, for your 2-year old Fender P-Bass. He said OK! We made the trade and I've been playing it ever since.
1961 Fender P-Bass image

Leon Douglas Band image
Left to right: Steel guitar - Bill Poe, Lead guitar - Paul Daniels
Lead vocal - Leon Douglas, Percussion - Roy Parker,
Bass - Jim "Bones" Becker, Keyboard & vocal - "Little" Willie Rainsford
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