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Old time family photos -- Joel's earlier days -- Recent shots -- Publicity Photos
dad and his twin brother,
Gerald and Jerald Lee Mabus
mother, Ruby Mabus (nee Lee)
Mabus Bros. with
White Star Rangers with
A promotional photo for the Prairie Farmer crew in Illinois. Prairie Farmer was the time honored progressive newspaper for the farm families of the Midwest. In the thirties, PF owned radio station WLS, the home of the National Barn Dance. To sell the paper and promote the station, each state had a crew of musicians who performed road shows similar to the Barn Dance.
Photo taken in Decatur, IL, March 1941. Back Row: (L to R) Ted Renshaw, Elisabeth "Bess" Lee (nee McCutcheon) , Gerald Mabus, Ruby Lee Mabus, Charles Lee, Henry Glossop. Front Row, (L to R) Larry Renshaw, Lucille & Opal Ives, Basil Musgrave. Lying down: Bill Builta.
Ted Renshaw managed the group -- Larry was his younger brother. Opal Ives was married to Arty Ives, Burl Ivesí brother. Bess Lee was married to Uncle Bud Lee. Her sister, Virginia McCutcheon, married Jerald Lee Mabus. (At the time of this picture Jerald Lee was very ill -- he and Virginia had left the troupe.) Basil Musgrave, the lap steel player was missing his left hand, and had a device to hold his steel bar in place. Bill Builta was the troupe clown.
in 1957. The cowboy
1976, playing a Gibson Mandocello
Frank Wakefield during the making of
Also from 1977, holding Frank's other mandolin.
1978, The Native Sons,
from around 1978
Concert shots from the early 80's
Promo shots from 1987:
And the early 90's:
Recent publicity shots
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