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.
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.
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