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Byrd / Bluegrass and Fiddling Around #257685

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 05, 1978
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(Studio) Congmen.'s concerns with regard to reports on their conduct since Fanne Foxe and Elizabeth Ray scandals noted. Report is on Senator who doesn't mind being accused of fiddling around.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Thoughts that Washington, DC inspires in most people described, include White House recital by Vladimir Horowitz. DC's position as bluegrass music capital of cntry., due to influx of white South highlanders during 1940's and 1950's to look for work, noted. One group playing in clubs around city is Grass Menagerie. Pol.'s assimilation of bluegrass music into own entertainments detailed. Senate majority leader Robert Byrd's expertise as a fiddle player and his interruption of Canal treaty debate to praise bluegrass music noted. Audio tape played. [BYRD - lists advantages of listening to bluegrass.] Reporter questions Byrd with regard to fiddling. [BYRD - states amount of time he spends practicing and says grandchildren and constituents in West Virginia love to hear him play. Finds most people, wherever he goes, will start tapping feet when he starts to play.] Byrd's upcoming release of recording of bluegrass noted and recording company's description of him quoted. Is noted that description could also be of way he runs Senator
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Cronkite, Walter;
Mudd, Roger

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