Master Bluegrass Picker McReynolds Dies
Bluegrass music veteran Jim McReynolds, who with his mandolin-playing brother Jesse formed the legendary duo "Jim & Jesse," died Tuesday in Gallatin, Tenn. He was 75. McReynolds had been sufferingBluegrass music veteran Jim McReynolds, who with his mandolin-playing brother Jesse formed the legendary duo "Jim & Jesse," died Tuesday in Gallatin, Tenn. He was 75. McReynolds had been suffering from cancer and died at the Sumner Regional Medical Center. He will be buried at his boyhood home of Coeburn, Va.
McReynolds' wife, Areta, died two weeks ago of a heart attack.
Jim's high tenor and guitar playing combined with Jesse's deep-voiced singing and unique mandolin style to produce their distinctive sound. Jesse developed a cross-picking technique and "split-string" style few could duplicate.
Backed by their band the Virginia Boys, Jim & Jesse's first single, "The Flame of Love," backed by "Gosh I Miss You All the Time," spent weeks on the national charts. Other songs regarded as Jim & Jesse classics are "Cotton Mill Man," "Diesel on My Tail," "Are You Missing Me," and "Paradise."
The brothers' performing career was interrupted by service in both World War II and the Korean War.
They joined the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville in 1964, and their numerous honors included induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame's "Walkway of Stars" and the International Bluegrass Music Association's Hall of Honor.
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