Tuesday, June 15, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF ROBERT C. BACHMAN, SR - Aulenbach's Cemetery, Mount Penn, Berks County, PA

I promise to pick up with the funny tombstones towards the end of the week, but I wanted to post some interesting stones from Aulenbach's Cemetery for a few days. This one caught my eye as I was wandering around. I did not know "Buck Benson" but he must have loved playing guitar and entertaining. A very nice stone and tribute. I love how the guitar frames the right side of the stone.

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  1. Buck Benson was a famous country music promoter & performer in the 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's in West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and New York. He got his start at age 6 playing ukulele in the depression era 1930's on a live radio show on WEEU Reading, PA. with Uncle Jack and Mary Lou and appeared on their live stage shows into the 1940's. He had a network of radio stations he broadcasted from all over the NorthEast. He also performed live such as at Hershey Park arena in Pennsylvania, had a live TV show in the early days of television in the 60's on WGAL Lancaster, PA. His band was Buck Benson and the Country Neighbors who performed a country/bluegrass/folk variety show with fun-loving humor. Buck was a gentleman cowboy who played any stringed instrument ... guitar, fiddle, banjo, bass, mandolin, dobro, hawaiian steel guitar ... you name it and he played it. Buck managed country music parks in Pennsylvania in the 50's and 60's bringing in famous acts like Roy Acuff, Tex Ritter, Eddie Arnold, Minnie Pearl, GrandPa Jones, Bill Haley, Patsy Cline, Three Stooges and many many more! He was a lifetime member of the Country Music Association and listed in Who's Who in Country Music. In 1965 he married Sherry Ann Zwoyer who became his business manager and TV producer. She also performed weekly on tour with Buck Benson and the Country Neighbors introduced simply as Miss Sherry Ann. (Fans never knew they were married.) Sherry died July 2009. Her gravestone is now next to Buck's (Robert Bachman's) at Aulenbach's cemetery where the above photo was taken.

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