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I still miss him. He was one of the greatest minds for comedy I’ve ever seen. We could take nothing and make something out of it on the stage. His timing was perfect. And he was the same way in real life. He’d walk around and have you in stitches. I took the straight part. Before Jake died, Kenny Baker and I used him eleven days on the road, just took him along with us. Paid him good money and just let him go, and I swear he kept something going all the time. He’d come up with something that was so old it was new again.
22 V Joining Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, and the Foggy Mountain Boys I had met Flatt and Scruggs while I was working with Esco Hankins down in Kentucky. So when we got to Nashville, I got a call from Earl Scruggs. ” I went ahead and worked my notice with Mac Wiseman. We stopped at the old Tulane Hotel. There was a place there called the Pepper Pot; all the musicians hung out there. ” I called Earl and nobody knew where I was going or nothing until that big Lincoln pulled up there with Scruggs. Anyway, I went to work with Lester and Earl and them.
I punched the guys so they’d wake up and see what was happening. He followed that farmer right to his house. Stoney said, “Well, Jesus, look where I’m at! ” We was just letting him go to see what he’d do. I remember one time up in St. Mary’s, West Virginia, we was driving along and somebody brought up the subject of a new record. At a railroad 20 Chapter 2 crossing, Stoney was so engrossed in that song he was talking about that, instead of going over the road, he turned right up onto the railroad tracks.