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Small radio stations that broadcast the blues would urge people to come to these clubs.
The musicians in the Snearly Ranch Boys either lived at Ma Snearly's Boarding House or hung out to jam.
They included Smokey Joe Bauch on piano, Paul Burlison on guitar, Clyde Leoppard on drums, Hank Bowers on guitar-trumpet, Barbara Pittman on vocals, and Stanley Kesler on bass.
"Elvis Presley was around watching what we were doing", van Story remarked.
"He was always so nervous", Van Story continued, "but he was learning about the music, no doubt about that".
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