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THE HAL LONE PINE - BETTY CODY SHOW
Bend Theatre ~ Strathclair ~ Mid-'50s

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Hillman Gig Notes excerpt: Ch. 1: Early Years
ELVIS AND CHET COME TO TOWN
The stage show in our local Bend Theatre that stands out most in my memory was the Hal Lonepine / Betty Cody Show in the mid-'50s. Accompanying this husband and wife singing team was their 15-year-old son, Hal Lonepine, Jr. on Gretsch guitar. The kid was incredible . . . and he later became even more incredible when he set the guitar and jazz world on its ear. In those later years he dropped the Jr. stagename and performed under his real name: Lenny Breau.

The show also featured the Ward Sisters and a steel and bass player who came out later in a Grampa Jones type costume and persona to add a bit of comedy relief. The guest singer was a very young and dynamic Elvis impersonator named Ray St. Germain. Ray also went on to become a major performer with hit records, international tours and his own television shows.

One of our greatest thrills was meeting Ray, one of our early influences, many years later at the Manitoba Association of Country Artists Award Show. We and Ray were both up for the Manitoba Entertainers of the Year Award. . . and Sue-On and I were more surprised than anyone in the room when we were announced the winners of this major award.
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Lenny Breau (Hal Lone Pine, Jr.) ~ Ray St. Germain ~ Jack Paget

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Jack Paget ~ Hal Lone Pine ~ Lenny Breau ~ Ray St. Germain

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Lenny Breau ~ Hal Lone Pine ~ Jack Paget ~ Ray St. Germain

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Lenny Breau ~ Sisters ~ Jack Paget ~ Ray St. Germain

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Lenny ~ Jack ~ Ray

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Ray St. Germain as Elvis ~ Lenny the singer playing Chet Atkins licks

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From the "Roots" section of our 50 Year Music Timeline
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