Friday, June 30, 2017

Jim & Bub Page, talented teens

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.
  Talented friends
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

Nite Shipslog  
 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



i love the everly brothers, so i'm sure i'd love to hear Jim and Bub. and you too jack. that bakery sounds heavenly.

Dar said...

I love listening to a great song, no matter who's carrying the tune. It sounds like your friends could have made it big if pursued. I can also smell fresh baked bread out of the bakery you mention....mmmmm.mmm. As for Frank, our Poncho, our first paint as kids, could have been Frank's twin, what a great horse Poncho was. My Daddy used to sing "Wake Up Little Susie" to me in the middle name is Suzanne and he always called me Susie-Q.
loved yet another great entry, my friend.
love n' hugs from up north where we'll visit Andy's family at a nearby campground today.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Thanks for sharing another great memory and your friends. Now I'll be singing too. Once a song gets planted in your mind it tends to stay there awhile.

Mevely317 said...

You're so right about Real Talent going undiscovered. Remember Ted Mack's Amateur Hour? One girl from the summer camp I attended ('61) performed a dance routine, right there in prime time. (*smile*) Of course, her career never took off, but we thought it was pretty neat.

We could do without all the posturing and popularity that goes on about shows like "America's Got Talent" and "The Voice", but dang(!). Were it not for these shows, there's be thousands of undiscovered Jim-and-Bub's out there!

Paula said...

I haven't seen anyone shine shoes where the rag pops in years. I would like to.

Chatty Crone said...

I loved and still love the songs of the Everly Brother's. You have so many friends Jack and Sherry I think that is wonderful. Lots of nice tidbits too. We just got back - from Gatlinburg with my daughter, Andy, and his friend. And I think I was the OLDEST grannie going down those slides and may I say I was not to graceful, but I did it. Sandie

betty said...

So true about the hidden talent. Jim and Bub sounded like a good combination for belting out the tunes. Hubby and brother did mighty fine as a duet with guitars but alas didn't go far with it.