Friday, June 30, 2017
Jim & Bub Page, talented teens
Little KNOWN FACTS:
1. An iguana can stay under water for 28 minutes.
2. The world's youngest parents were age 8 and 9. They lived in China and had their child in 1910.
3…The Everly Brothers were the first brothers to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Today I thought about Jim ‘n Bub, in my youth they were the only ‘musically’ talented ‘boys’ I ever knew. Garland Page their dad ‘picked’ the guitar sorta like Chet Atkins. I loved his type of ‘picking’. The two boys also sang in a trio that included Paul Settlemeyre. These boys could really sing, and they were just early teens. They never asked me to sing with them!
They lived on a very small ‘farm’ in Valdese, NC. Boys with their sister, children of hard working parents. The little town was founded by Waldensians from Italy. I remember when we moved to Valdese, A sweet bakery smell permeated the entire town resulting from the Waldensian 'Sunbeam' Bakery.
I learned recently Jim’s name is “James Dean.“Jim was well known in the local barber shop. Jim was the kid shining shoes toward the back. He could make that shine rag ‘pop’, entertaining the guys getting haircuts and shoe shines (remember leather shoes?).
Jim & Bub sounded like the Everly Brothers. Their fame didn’t go much past kids and a local church. Today when I remembered the Everly Brothers, my mind went to Jim & Bub Page and what ‘coulda been’. There is no telling the talent in this world that is never "discovered". (Iffn I had paid more attention to Melissa Grill in the 7th Grade, I coulda been a famous writer. LOL)
I do not remember the Pages having a dog or a cat, but they did have Frank!
Shirl, Sherry and I had the privilege of reconnecting with Jim, Bub, Linda, Robby & Betty at ‘Myra’s’, a Valdese snack shack. Bub (Paul David) has since passed, although we were not close the last 65 years I still miss Bub. He was a practical joker and always created a laugh. I did run into Jim once in the late 50s-early 60’s. He was in the USN. He chose the rate of Corpsman, not a safe job. They hit the beaches or jump with the USMC. In the Marines, the Corpsman and the Chaplain are respected.
Jim followed the medical profession as a civilian. Jim fit the mold, I know many folk were comforted and at ease with his demeanor. I didn’t ask Jim when we met if he still sang publicly. I would bet the dude can still sing.
Today as I worked in the yard I have been singing, ," "All I Have to Do Is Dream," and "Wake Up Little Susie” . Jim will probably not read this, but if he does he will eat his heart out wishing he could sing like me. LOL
You will notice I am singing with the Everly Brothers, but in another language!
This car was new and at the Buick place across from the Barber Shop when I met Jim and Bub.
1951 Buick Special