Ricky Lee Skaggs, 18 July 1954, Brushey Creek, near Cordell, Kentucky, USA. His father, Hobert, was a welder, who enjoyed playing the guitar and singing gospel songs with Skaggs mother, Dorothy. Skaggs later recorded one of her songs, All I Ever Loved Was You. Hobert returned from a welding job in Ohio with a mandolin for the five-year-old Skaggs, but had to go back before he could show him how to play it; within two weeks, Skaggs had worked it out for himself. In 1959, he was taken on stage during one of Bill Monroes concerts and played Ruby on Monroes mandolin to rapturous applause. At the age of seven, he played mandolin on Flatt And Scruggs television show, and then learnt guitar and fiddle.
While working at a square dance with his father, Skaggs met Keith Whitley; they were to form a trio with Whitleys banjo-playing brother, Dwight, recording bluegrass and gospel shows for local...
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