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  • Originally from Marshall, North Carolina.
  • Real name: William Eugene Rector.
  • One of first mandolin players in bluegrass to have a style distinguishable from Bill Monroe’s.
  • Began his career in the early 40’s playing mandolin with the Morris Brothers, Johnnie and Jack, and Charlie Monroe.
  • Performed and recorded for many years in a duo with his cousin Fred E. Smith (“Red and Fred”).
  • 1950’s, joined Carl Story’s Rambling Mountaineers and sang lead when Carl recorded his best-known Mercury and Columbia albums.
  • Also worked and recorded with Reno and Smiley, Ramona and Grandpa Jones, Jethro Burns, Mother Maybelle and the Carter Family, Norman Blake, Bill Clifton, John Hartford, many others.
  • 1990, died at the age of 60.
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