Don Reno

Real Name:
Donald Wesley Reno
Profile:
Don Reno, father of Don Wayne Reno, was a bluegrass and country musician best known as a banjo player in partnership with Red Smiley and later Bill Harrell. He was born February 21, 1927 in Spartanburg, South Carolina and died October 16, 1984 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Played the guitar at a professional level by the time he was eight and the banjo by the time he was twelve. He performed with the Morris Brothers, Arthur Smith, and Bill Monroe, but really began to be noticed when he and Red Smiley came to Cincinnati in 1951 as members of Tommy Magness and his Tennessee Buddies, which cut four songs on King Records’ subsidiary Federal Records. After that band broke up, he and Red came back to King in 1952 and cut sixteen sides, including Don’s bluegrass standard “I’m Using My Bible For a Road Map.” This was the beginning of a long association with King Records. An exceptionally versatile musician, Don recorded “Home Sweet Home” and “Green Mountain Hop” for King by dubbing three vocal parts, guitar, banjo, fiddle, bass, and snare drum himself. His tenor singing was unmistakable, and his fresh and original songwriting was both excellent and extensive. He wrote a high percentage of the songs recorded by Reno and Smiley and co-composed and recorded “Feuding Banjos” with Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith, in whose Charlotte-based band he performed before the Tennessee Cut-Ups became a full-time organization in the mid 1950s. Along with partner Red Smiley, Don Reno was elected to the IBMA Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 1992. After his and Smiley’s first split in 1964, he teamed with Benny Martin briefly, Bill Harrell until 1979, and with sons Dale and Don Wayne until his death, recording for Dot, Mercury, King, King Bluegrass, CMH and several other labels.
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861 Don Reno - The Worlds Best 5-string Banjo album art Don Reno With Red Smiley Don Reno With Red Smiley - The Worlds Best 5-string Banjo(LP, Album) King Records (3) 861 US 1963 Sell This Version
DLP 3617 Don Reno - Mr. Five String album art Don Reno Mr. Five String (Album) Dot Records DLP 3617 US 1965 Sell This Version
SLP 18048 Don Reno - A Song For Everyone album art Don Reno A Song For Everyone Monument SLP 18048 US 1966 Sell This Version
5-5012 Don Reno - Don Reno & His Tennessee Cut-Ups album art Don Reno & His Tennessee Cut-Ups* Don Reno & His Tennessee Cut-Ups* - Don Reno & His Tennessee Cut-Ups(LP) Sardis Records 5-5012 US 1966 Sell This Version
JLP-108 Don Reno - Bluegrass Favorites album art Don Reno & Bill Harrell And The Tennessee Cut-Ups Don Reno & Bill Harrell And The Tennessee Cut-Ups - Bluegrass Favorites (Album) Jalyn Records JLP-108 US 1967 Sell This Version
RRDR-171 Don Reno - Don Reno & Bill Harrell And The Tennessee Cutups album art Don Reno & Bill Harrell And The Tennessee Cut-Ups Don Reno & Bill Harrell And The Tennessee Cut-Ups - Don Reno & Bill Harrell And The Tennessee Cutups (Album) Rural Rhythm Records RRDR-171 US 1967 Sell This Version
204 Don Reno - Bluegrass Gospel Favorites album art Don Reno & Benny Martin Don Reno & Benny Martin - Bluegrass Gospel Favorites(LP, Album) Cabin Creek 204 US 1967 Sell This Version
DTR 103 Don Reno - The Kings Of Bluegrass album art Don Reno & Bill Harrell And The Tennessee Cut-Ups Don Reno & Bill Harrell And The Tennessee Cut-Ups - The Kings Of Bluegrass(LP, Album) Derby Town Records DTR 103 US 1967 Sell This Version
SR-101 Don Reno - Yellow Pages album art Don Reno & Bill Harrell And The Tennessee Cut-Ups Don Reno & Bill Harrell And The Tennessee Cut-Ups - Yellow Pages(LP) Derby Town Records SR-101 US 1967 Sell This Version
1029 Don Reno - A Variety Of New Sacred Gospel Songs album art Don Reno - Bill Harrell And The Tennessee Cutups* Don Reno - Bill Harrell And The Tennessee Cutups* - A Variety Of New Sacred Gospel Songs (Album) King Records (3) 1029 US 1968 Sell This Version
1033 Don Reno - All The Way To Reno album art Don Reno, Bill Harrell And The Tennessee Cutups* Don Reno, Bill Harrell And The Tennessee Cutups* - All The Way To Reno(LP, Album) King Records (3) 1033 US 1968 Sell This Version
JLP-119 Don Reno - The Most Requested Songs album art Don Reno & Bill Harrell And The Tennessee Cut-Ups Don Reno & Bill Harrell And The Tennessee Cut-Ups - The Most Requested Songs(LP, Album) Jalyn Records JLP-119 US 1968 Sell This Version
SR 463 Eddie Adcock And Don Reno Eddie Adcock And Don Reno - Bluegrass Super Session(LP) Seven Seas SR 463 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
KSD 1068 Don Reno - I'm Using My Bible For A Roadmap album art Don Reno & Bill Harrell And The Tennessee Cut-Ups Don Reno & Bill Harrell And The Tennessee Cut-Ups - I'm Using My Bible For A Roadmap(LP, Album) King Records (3) KSD 1068 US 1970 Sell This Version
RRBR-244 Don Reno - Fiddling Buck Ryan With Don Reno & Red Smiley album art Fiddling Buck Ryan* With Don Reno & Red Smiley Fiddling Buck Ryan* With Don Reno & Red Smiley - Fiddling Buck Ryan With Don Reno & Red Smiley(LP, Album) Rural Rhythm Records RRBR-244 US 1971 Sell This Version
LP-111 Don Reno - Letter Edged In Black album art Don Reno - Red Smiley, Bill Harrell And The Tennessee Cut-Ups Don Reno - Red Smiley, Bill Harrell And The Tennessee Cut-Ups - Letter Edged In Black(LP, Album) Wango Records LP-111 US 1971 Sell This Version
SLP 1482 Don Reno - The Sensational Twin Banjos Of Eddie Adcock And Don Reno album art Eddie Adcock And Don Reno Eddie Adcock And Don Reno - The Sensational Twin Banjos Of Eddie Adcock And Don Reno (Album) Rebel Records (3) SLP 1482 US 1968 Sell This Version
SLP-481 Don Reno - Bluegrass On My Mind album art Reno* & Harrell* Reno* & Harrell* - Bluegrass On My Mind(LP, Album) Starday Records SLP-481 US 1972 Sell This Version
1201 Don Reno - Mr. 5-String Banjo - Don Reno On Stage album art Don Reno & Bill Harrell And The Tennessee Cut-Ups Don Reno & Bill Harrell And The Tennessee Cut-Ups - Mr. 5-String Banjo - Don Reno On Stage(LP, Album, Ltd) Viechi 1201 US 1973 Sell This Version
KB-526 Don Reno - Tally Ho! album art Don Reno, Bill Harrell & The Tennessee Cutups* Don Reno, Bill Harrell & The Tennessee Cutups* - Tally Ho! (Album) King Bluegrass Records KB-526 US 1974 Sell This Version
KB 528, KB-528 Don Reno - Rivers & Roads album art Don RenoBill Harrell And The Tennessee Cutups* Don RenoBill Harrell And The Tennessee Cutups* - Rivers & Roads (Album) King Bluegrass Records, King Bluegrass Records KB 528, KB-528 US 1974 Sell This Version
GT 6024 Don Reno - Don Reno And Bill Harrell With The Tennessee Cut-Ups album art Don Reno & Bill Harrell Don Reno & Bill Harrell - Don Reno And Bill Harrell With The Tennessee Cut-Ups(LP, Album) Seven Seas GT 6024 Japan 1974 Sell This Version
PZ 33804 Don Reno - Bi-Centennial Bluegrass album art Don Reno & Bill Harrell & The Tennessee Cut-Ups Don Reno & Bill Harrell & The Tennessee Cut-Ups - Bi-Centennial Bluegrass (Album) Monument Record Corp. PZ 33804 US 1975 Sell This Version
KB-540 Don Reno - Spice Of Life album art Don Reno, Bill Harrell And The Tennessee Cut-Ups Don Reno, Bill Harrell And The Tennessee Cut-Ups - Spice Of Life(LP) King Bluegrass Records KB-540 US 1975 Sell This Version
CMH-6201 Don Reno - Dear Old Dixie album art Don Reno & Bill Harrell & The Tennessee Cut-Ups Don Reno & Bill Harrell & The Tennessee Cut-Ups - Dear Old Dixie (Album) CMH Records CMH-6201 US 1976 Sell This Version