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The Untold Story of Ervin T. Rouse, Chubby Wise, Johnny Cash and the Orange Blossom Special Sheet Music Book
By Randy Noles

The Untold Story of Ervin T. Rouse, Chubby Wise, Johnny Cash and the Orange Blossom Special. Fiddle. Biography/Composers & Musicians, Country Reference. Softcover. 226 pages. Published by Centerstream Publications (HL.1081).

Item Number: HL.1081

ISBN 9781574242140. 6x9 inches. Randy Noles Forewords by Marty Stuart and John Hartford.

One of the most bizarre stories in all of popular music is the history of “Orange Blossom Special,” arguably the century's best-known fiddle tune. The man credited with its ownership, Ervin T. Rouse, endured tragedy, alcoholism and mental illness. He spent his last years fiddling for tips in isolated taverns at the edge of the Everglades, and died all but unknown. The man who claimed co-ownership, Chubby Wise, achieved fame as the seminal fiddler of the bluegrass genre, but struggled to overcome personal demons and to heal the scars of childhood abandonment and abuse. Johnny Cash, the tortured superstar who made the song a mainstream hit, quietly championed Rouse and earned the enmity of Wise. This trio's disparate legacies are here told – and forever linked with the legendary diesel steamliner.

“Fascinating ... a compelling story told in an artful and human way. The writing reads like the best fiction.”

Gainesville Sun

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  • 3

    Barbara Ostroff
    Springfield, Pennslyvania
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  • September 25, 2007 Good history of an age and song

    I ordered this book because my beginning students and I have encountered the song in several fiddling books. It is fun and a good crowd pleaser. The more intricate versions I have heard in shows and on recordings intriqued me. The book fills in a lot of history of the...

    time and people involved. The style of the book to rambling at times. If you love the song and fiddle music, it is good to know the background that influenced fiddle songs and music of the next generations. The personalities were interesting. The photos in the book also helped picture the period. I wish a cd could also come with this.

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