HANK PENNY - BACK UP A LITTLE BIT ON PAUL VIDAL's BIG V JAMBOREE

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Hank Penny had more than one string to his bow : he'd been a DJ, a comic, a singer and a bandleader since the '30s. He fell in love with Western Swing way before the term was ever coined : in reality, he was one of its earliest exponents. He knew Country Music better than anyone else (hence the Ambassador tag I awarded him) and, as far as I'm concerned, he taught me an awful lot. As a radio man, I can honestly say that my best ever show was the one I did with him on the Radio France Network in February 1987. His humor was equaled only by his generosity - and his talent, of course. We'll open our vaults on a large scale to pay tribute to this unforgettable man.

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