Ray, Henry, Pap
Paul is still trying his best to get Pap’s original music out there to the world. We’re both disappointed that we haven’t made much progress on our dvd idea of highlighting the most popular videos on our youtube channel and getting Pap’s old friends to introduce them. Life keeps getting in the way, I’m sure you know how that is. The dvd is still a dream we want to complete, we just need to force ourselves to get started.
Paul recently uploaded a video made to highlight one of Pap’s older songs Words of Life. I’ll let him tell you about it.
“In 1973, Pap and his two brothers made their first album: Words of Life. The title cut was written by Pap. It features him on high harmony, his brother Ray on lead vocal, and youngest brother Henry on electric guitar (a beautiful Gretch that you can see in some of the photos in the video). The steel player and bass player did a fine job, but I do not know who they were. The steel player could be the one in the photo at 1:51, but I have no way of knowing that.
Pap told me once that the snare drum player on the album was just a hung man who “hung around the studio,” someone he never met before or after.
Terry Pappas made this video. While the music plays, various photos and articles down through the years are shown. Not all of the lyrics appear during the song, only key words from the song.
Some of the photos are just notices about performances and some are articles covering awards they won or highlighting their musical career. Words of Life also became the title of several radio broadcasts they had down through the years on different stations. There are even a few photos of my uncle Henry in a bunker in Vietnam with some old guitar he had rounded up so he could keep his playing going during the war. Apparently one of the tuning knobs must have been missing. He served as a forward observer for the 1st Calvary.
Also appearing in some of the photos: Perry Stalcup on bass, Robert Hampton on dobro, Rev. Leander Chastain, Fred Williams, Aiden Martin, Johnny Mason, former NC Senator Robert Carpenter and his wife, David Brose from the John C Campbell Folk School, Douglass Day, Pap’s sister Carrie and father Wade, other unidentified musicians, my first cousin Brian Wilson (infant), and me.”
I hope you enjoyed the video as much as we do!