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Lightnin’ Chance

February 25, 1975 OH31 68 min.


Country musician. Born December 21, 1925. Died April 2005. Real name: Floyd T. Chance. Career active 1950s-early 1970s. Stand-up acoustic bass player. Grand Ole Opry staff musician, session player, and road musician.

Interview Summary

1975 February 25
(1 hour, 8 minutes)
Musician Lightnin’ Chance recalls his career in country music as a stand-up acoustic bass player. Discussion includes his start in music; old-time fiddling contests; origin of the name Lightnin’; studying at the Naval Conservatory of Music; development of his musical style; working with Eddie Hill, the Louvin Brothers, and Red Foley; and experiences working as a musician in New York City and Nashville.

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