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Bee Spears

May 20, 1993 OHC277 118 min.


Bass player. Born August 11, 1949. Real first name: Dan. Long-time bass player for Willie Nelson.

Interview Summary

1993 May 20
(1 hour, 58 minutes)
Musician Bee Spears talks about his long career as a member of Willie Nelson’s band. Discussion includes his early musical influences; joining Nelson’s band in the late 1960s; adapting to Nelson’s unique singing style; life on the road; participating in package shows during the late 1960s and early 1970s; working with Little Jimmy Dickens; the addition of Grady Martin to the band; changes in the band’s image during the 1970s; Nelson’s recordings and song selection; and the impact of Nelson’s growing popularity.

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