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50 Cents and a Box Top: The Creative Life of Nashville Session Musician Charlie MCoy by Charlie McCoy and Travis D. Stimeling

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Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, practically all the greats, were backed up by Charlie McCoy at one time or another. McCoy is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Musicians Hall of Fame and the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame. He led the “Million Dollar Band” that was featured on Hee Haw for two decades. Viewed as a harmonica virtuoso and a multi-instrumentalist, McCoy performed in three continents during his six-decade career appearing on thousands of country, pop, and rock recordings. His memoir provides important insights into the rise of the Nashville recording scene, as well as the role of television and the life of performers on the road. McCoy was born in Oak Hill, West Virginia, and mostly raised in Fayetteville. Stimeling teaches music history at West Virginia University and directs the WVU Bluegrass and Old-Time Bands. This is his third book.

Morgantown: West Virginia University Press, 2017. 235 pages with an index, discography, notes on sources, photos and another appendix. Trade paperback