A Cincinnati-area banjo player in the 1950s, Wilson Spivey played on WZIP in Covington, Kentucky, with the Kentucky Ramblers and WPFB in Middletown, as well as at the Jimmie Skinner Music Center in Cincinnati. He played at a bar called the Chicken Roost for fifteen years and became somewhat of a legend in the Cincinnati area. His son Wilson Jr., who was known simply as “Junior” Spivey, became just as famous as a guitar player. Junior played sessions at King Records and other studios and worked in many of the bars around the Cincinnati area, playing primarily country music. Rusty York got his start as a banjo player by taking some lessons from Wilson Spivey.

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