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Picturing the Past 161: Back on stage

Posted Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at 1:58 PM

Recognize these guys from a 1968 talent show? (T-G file photo)
Anyone recognize these guys in this chemically-splattered photo negative? They were one of the acts at a 1968 talent show.

Looks like the singer on the left was giving it everything he had.

That reminds me that I'm trying to remember the name of a singer from Shelbyville who had a national R&B hit in the late 1960s. Some of you, no doubt, will know who I'm talking about.

Bedford County's had a lot of talented musicians over the years. I'm surprised there haven't been more sign recording contracts and become famous.

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Robert Knight sang "Everlasting Love" in 1967. I think he may have been from Bedford Co. or some of his family. He sang this song at the Cellar when the song was still popular. It became 'our song'.

-- Posted by shemac on Thu, May 31, 2012, at 12:51 PM

Robert Earl Sparrow is his correct name. I also played with him some while a member of Tony and Playboys band. He was a terrific singer and a great guy!

-- Posted by challenger on Thu, May 31, 2012, at 8:37 AM

By the way Robert Earl's last name was Sparrow. I was saddened to hear back several years ago that Robert Earl had passed away at a much too young age.

-- Posted by leeiii on Thu, May 31, 2012, at 7:17 AM

That does indeed look like Robert Earl. We were playmates when we were children. Robert Earl also worked at a furniture store on Holland Street sometime around the early 60s.

-- Posted by leeiii on Thu, May 31, 2012, at 7:01 AM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.