Dean Webb Blue­grass man­dolin master BORN 1937

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Born in In­de­pen­dence, Mis­souri, Dean Webb grad­u­ated from en­ter­tain­ing ru­ral honky tonks to play­ing his man­dolin on ra­dio and TV with The Ozark Moun­tain Boys. In 1959 he joined Rod­ney and Doug Dil­lard in blue­grass band The Dil­lards. A move to Los An­ge­les in 1962 brought a record­ing con­tract and re­leases in­clud­ing 1968’s elec­tri­fied Wheat­straw Suite, which blended blue­grass and rock in ways which in­flu­enced the Ea­gles, John Paul Jones and their tour­mates The Byrds (Webb also re­mem­bered as­sist­ing Roger McGuinn’s then-emer­gent folk-rock group with the vo­cal har­mony ar­range­ment of their ver­sion of Mr. Tam­bourine Man, while Doug Dil­lard would take his Rick­en­backer elec­tric banjo to join ex-Byrd Gene Clark in Dil­lard & Clark). The Dil­lards also toured with El­ton John, and in the ear­lier ’60s were fa­mil­iar to US view­ers as The Dar­lings band on The Andy Grif­fiths Show. Webb stayed with the group into the ’80s, and took part in re­unions there­after.

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