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The Show

over the years


1960 W.S. Holland (drums) joins the group to form the Tennessee Three after leaving Carl Perkins
1967 Carl Perkins joins the Johnny Cash Show
Aug 1968 Luther Perkins dies as a result of being burnt in a fire.  Carl Perkins begins playing guitar full time.
Sept 1968 Bob Wootton (guitar) joins the Johnny Cash Show.  Carl Perkins begins perfoming only part-time again.
1971-1974 Larry Butler (piano), Bill Walker (piano), Walter Cunningham (piano), Tommy Williams (fiddle)& Gordon Terry (fiddle) perform part-time in the show.
Summer 1973 Larry McCoy (piano) joins the show.  Funny story:  When he interviewed for the job he had never even heard I Walk the Line.
Aug 1974 Jerry Hensley (guitar) joins the show.
Early 1977 Larry McCoy leaves and rockabilly, delta-rhythm, boogie piano player Earl Poole Ball joins the show.
June 1978 Bob Lewin (keyboards/horns) and Jack Hale, Jr. (harmonica/horns) join
Marty Stuart (fiddle/mandolin/guitar/bass) joins the show by recommendation of Bob Wootton
March 1980 Marshall Grant (bass) leaves the show after 25 years.
Joe Allen (bass) joins the show.
The band is now the Great-Eighties Eight
April 1980 Marty Stuart (fiddle/mandolin/guitar/bass) joins the show by recommendation of Bob Wootton
Late 1980 Joe Allen (bass) leaves, Henry Strzelecki (bass) joins the band for a short time.  Also, Chris Powell plays bass during the Summer 1981 and then by October Marty Stuart is playing bass full time.
1981 Henry Strzelecki leaves and Marty Stuart begins playing bass.  Then, Chris Powell plays bass during the Summer 1981 but by October Marty Stuart is playing bass full time.
April 1982 Jerry Hensley (guitar) leaves the band to work in Texas with Chris Powell.  Jimmy Tittle (bass) joins the band.  The band is now the Great-Eighties Seven.
Feb 1986 Marty Stuart leaves the band to begin his solo career.
Marty found Jim Soldi (guitar) to take his place in the band.
1986-1987 Jimmy Tittle leaves the band for a while and Joe Allen takes over playing bass.
Fall 1987 Jimmy Tittle returns to the band and Joe Allen leaves.
May 1989 Hugh Wadell plays drums during a European Tour for W.S. Holland
Sept 1989 The Man in Black goes back to the basics.  Bob Wootton (guitar), Jim Soldi (guitar), Jimmy Tittle (bass), Bob Lewin (keyboards/horns), and Jack Hale, Jr. (harmonica/horns) leave the band.
The new four piece band consists of:
W.S. Holland (drums)
Earl Poole Ball (piano)
Kerry Marx (guitar)
Steve Logan (upright bass)
Note:  In Sept./Oct. Roy Huskey, Jr. played upright bass for a few shows while Steve Logan finished prior committments.  Also, Bunky Keels played piano while Earl Ball was away making a film.
Dec 1992 Kerry Marx (guitar) and Steve Logan (bass) leave the group.  Bob Wootton (guitar) returns, and bassist Dave Roe joins the group.
1993-1996 Helen Carter's son, David Carter Jones, plays guitar in the show for some tours.
1994-1995 Earl Ball was away quite a bit during this time, so the Tennessee Three was recreated for a while.
Oct 25, 1997 THE LAST REGULAR JOHNNY CASH SHOW - Flint, Michigan
W.S. Holland (drums)
Earl Poole Ball (piano)
Bob Wootton (guitar)
Dave Roe (upright bass)
April 9, 1999 All Star Tribute to Johnny Cash
W.S. Holland (drums)
Earl Poole Ball (piano)
Bob Wootton (guitar)
Marshall Grant (upright bass)
1999-2000 June Carter Cash's  The Living Circle Band
Dave Roe - Bass
Laura Weber - Fiddle/Guitar
John Carter Cash - Guitar
Jeff Williams - Guitar (1999)
Jerry Hensley - Guitar (2000)

Compiled by Matt C. Helton - October 2000/March 2001/December 2002/February 2003/September 2004/March 2006/February 2009

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