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Skeeter Brandon

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Keyboardist, vocalist, and songwriter Skeeter Brandon was created in 1949 and raised in Goldsboro, NC. He and his music group, Highway 61, produced a name for themselves being a touring work along the East Coastline and nearby within the 1980s and ’90s. He started singing within the church being a six-year-old and started playing piano at age group nine. Blind since early years as a child, he was delivered to the Governor Morehead College for the Blind in Raleigh, NC. He previously some achievement as an adolescent leading his very own music group around Raleigh and Goldsboro, NC, where he grew up. Through his youngsters, Brandon sang and performed keyboards, trumpet, and drums. He afterwards customized by sticking mainly to keyboards and vocals. After playing trumpet through a lot of the 1960s with rings that were carrying out classic R&B addresses by Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, and Wilson Pickett, he shaped the Soul Superstars Band. They truly became therefore popular these were the house music group for the Playboy Membership in Goldsboro. He captured his initial big break with Clarence Carter, who employed him for his music group in 1970 when Carter was playing on the Playboy Membership in Goldsboro. Brandon toured the planet with Carter and his music group before signing up for the Chi-Lites in 1973. With the middle-’70s, he sensed he was prepared to record and tour under his very own name and visited Muscle tissue Shoals Studios in Alabama with manufacturer Charles Johnson. He documented an individual, “Continued Smiling” b/w “24 Hour Appreciate Guy” for Strike Man information. It sold sufficiently across the south that Atlantic Information became interested and re-released it on Atlantic in 1975. This resulted in a tour with Stax Information vocalist William Bell, and Brandon emerged house to Goldsboro in 1974. Over time touring in the past due ’70s, Brandon came back to Goldsboro once again to become nearer to his family members and stick nearer to house. He plied his art in the neighborhood gospel scene, documenting with two NEW YORK gospel organizations, Slim as well as the Supreme Angels and Willis Pittman and the responsibility Lifters in the first ’80s. Brandon and Highway 61 released many solid albums within the ’90s if they were in the height of the tours to get them: Hi-Test Blues, I’m a guy of My Term, and Permit to Excitement. These albums included exactly the same music group that followed Brandon on his event and club trips; Armand Lencheck on acoustic guitar and vocals; bassist Chris Give, and drummer Wes Johnson. Guests on Hi-Test Blues (1993) consist of Mark Wenner from the Nighthawks, Ann Rabson of Saffire — The Uppity Blues Ladies, and Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin. Lenchek’s history includes dealing with Lightning Insect Rhodes since 1989, touring with Nappy Dark brown and seated in frequently with famous brands Eddy Clearwater, Bob Margolin, and Tom Principato. Apart from Brandon, Lenchek offers documented on albums by Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, Friend Skipper, Bob Margolin, and David Nelson as well as the Prowlers. Brandon’s support music group was the previous Lightning Insect Rhodes Blues Music group. After Rhodes exceeded unexpectedly, the music group regrouped psychologically and spiritually and started associated Brandon at night clubs within the Charlotte, NC region. His recordings for New Moon Music resulted in subsequent tours round the U.S.Brandon passed on in March 2008. He previously stopped performing within the Charlotte region just four weeks before that in Dec 2007.

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Full Name Skeeter Brandon
Died March 20, 2008, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
Music Songs Blues for the Soul, Boogie Down, Real Upsetter, Cold, Cold World, Goin' Back to North Carolina, Living Shall Not Be in Vain, I Got a New Woman, On the Wrong Track, Bad Situation, Where Would I Be?, Don't Talk About Love, True Love, Chickadee, Truth
Albums Hi-Test Blues


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#Fact
1 De Wilde had hoped to embark on a music career. He watched as Paul McCartney wrote the song Wait during the filming of the Beatles movie Help! (1965).
2 Originally buried in Hollywood, California, but his parents later moved his remains to Pinelawn Memorial Park in Farmingdale, New York in Suffolk County, to be closer to their home in Long Island. Father, Frederick De Wilde died in 1980 and mother, Eugenia De Wilde died in 1987.
3 He was killed as the result of a traffic accident that occurred in the Denver suburb of Lakewood on the evening of July 6, 1972 at about 3:25 PM. He had been en route to visit his wife at a Denver hospital. He was driving a camper van, lost control and crashed into a parked construction truck on the side of the road, causing his camper to roll onto its side, pinning him in the wreckage of his vehicle for a while before being taken to St. Anthony Hospital where he died at 7:20 PM of multiple injuries including a broken back, neck, and leg. He was not wearing a seat belt. De Wilde had been in the Denver area to co-star in the Elitch Theatre production of Butterflies Are Free, which ended July 1.
4 His son's name is Jesse.
5 Close friend (and sometimes singing partner) country-western legend Gram Parsons immortalized De Wilde's tragic death in Parsons' and Emmylou Harris's song In My Hour of Darkness: "Once I knew a young man went driving through the night. Miles and miles without a word, with just his high-beam lights. Who'd have ever thought they'd build such a deadly Denver bend. To be so strong, to take as long as it would till the end.".
6 De Wilde is pronounced duh-WIL-duh.
7 The son of a stage-manager father and actress mother. Made his stage debut at age seven in 492 performances of the Broadway hit, "The Member of the Wedding." He also became the first juvenile to win the Donaldson Award.
8 When he died he left behind one small son.
9 Although he was the only one of the four principal players not nominated for an Oscar for the 1963 film Hud (1963), Brandon got to share Oscar night glory nevertheless when he went on stage to accept the Best Supporting Actor trophy for co-star Melvyn Douglas, who was in Israel at the time. Patricia Neal won for "best actress," but Paul Newman lost "best actor" to Sidney Poitier for Lilies of the Field (1963).


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1962 TV Series Hugo
Wagon Train 1959-1961 TV Series Mark Miner / Daniel Morgan Benedict III
Thriller 1961 TV Series Timothy Branner
Blue Denim 1959 Arthur Bartley
Alcoa Theatre 1959 TV Series George Adams
The Missouri Traveler 1958 Biarn Turner
The United States Steel Hour 1957 TV Series David
Night Passage 1957 Joey Adams (as Brandon deWilde)
Screen Directors Playhouse 1956 TV Series Terry Johnson
Good-bye, My Lady 1956 Skeeter Jackson
Star Stage 1956 TV Series
Climax! 1955-1956 TV Series Tip Malone / Robbie Eunson
Jamie 1953-1954 TV Series Jamie McHummer
The Plymouth Playhouse 1953 TV Series Jamie McHummer
Shane 1953 Joey Starrett
The Member of the Wedding 1952 John Henry (as Brandon de Wilde)
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse 1951-1952 TV Series
Wild in the Sky 1972 Josh
Ironside 1971 TV Series George Whittaker
Night Gallery 1971 TV Series Johnson (segment "Class of '99")
The Devil's Backbone 1971 Lt. Ferguson
The Virginian 1962-1970 TV Series Rem Garvey / Walt Bradbury / James 'Mike Flynn' Cafferty
The Young Rebels 1970 TV Series Nathan Hale
Insight 1970 TV Series Weissberg
Love, American Style 1969 TV Series Jimmy Devlin (segment "Love and the Bachelor")
Hawaii Five-O 1969 TV Series Arnold Potter
The Name of the Game 1969 TV Series Bobby Currier
Journey to the Unknown 1968 TV Series Alec George Worthing
The Trip 1967/II Extra (uncredited)
ABC Stage 67 1966 TV Series Carl Boyer
Combat! 1966 TV Series Wilder
In Harm's Way 1965 Jere
The Defenders 1965 TV Series Roger Bailey Jr.
Those Calloways 1965 Bucky Calloway (as Brandon de Wilde)
12 O'Clock High 1964 TV Series Cpl. Ross Lawrence
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1964 TV Series Jim Tevis
The Greatest Show on Earth 1964 TV Series Vic Hawkins
The Doctors and the Nurses 1963 TV Series Paul Marker
A Gathering of Eagles 1963 Bill Fowler Jr (uncredited)
Hud 1963 Lonnie Bannon (as Brandon de Wilde)
All Fall Down 1962 Clinton Willart (as Brandon de Wilde)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hud 1963 performer: "The Great Titanic It Was Sad When That Great Ship Went Down" ca 1915 - uncredited
The Member of the Wedding 1952 performer: "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 36th Annual Academy Awards 1964 TV Special Himself - Accepting Supporting Actor Award for Melvyn Douglas
The Arthur Murray Party 1959 TV Series Himself
Standard Oil New Jersey Presents Its 75th Anniversary Entertainment 1957 TV Movie Himself - Co-Host
Light's Diamond Jubilee 1954 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1954 TV Series Himself - Actor
Person to Person 1954 TV Series documentary Himself - Actor
What's My Line? 1954 TV Series Himself - Mystery Guest #2
The Ed Sullivan Show 1950-1953 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Elvis Mitchell: Under the Influence 2008 TV Series Lonnie Bannon in 'Hud'
How the West Was Lost 2008 TV Movie documentary Joey Starrett (uncredited)
Go West, Young Man! 2003 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey 1984 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
America at the Movies 1976 Documentary Joey Starrett
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1969 TV Series Bucky Calloway
The Ed Sullivan Show 1958 TV Series Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1953 Special Award Golden Globes, USA The Member of the Wedding (1952)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1954 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role Shane (1953)


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