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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Albums

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 (Album) King Records (3) 861 US 1963 Sell This Version
DLP 3490 Don Reno - Bluegrass Hits album art Don Reno, Red Smiley Don Reno, Red Smiley - Bluegrass Hits(LP, Album, Mono) Dot Records DLP 3490 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 and His Tennessee Cut-Ups* Don Reno and His Tennessee Cut-Ups* - Don Reno & His Tennessee Cut-Ups(LP) Sardis Records 5-5012 US 1966 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
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
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
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-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
KSD 1065 Don Reno - Fastest Five Strings Alive album art Don Reno Fastest Five Strings Alive (Album) Gusto Records (2) KSD 1065 US 1969 Sell This Version
CR5-52 Don Reno - Dueling Banjos album art Don Reno, Ralph Stanley, Bill Emerson, Jim & Jesse & Various Don Reno, Ralph Stanley, Bill Emerson, Jim & Jesse & Various - Dueling Banjos(Cass, Album) Country Road, Starday King CR5-52 US 1976 Sell This Version
API-L-1556 Don Reno - Live At The Lone Star Festival At McKinney, Texas, July 1971 album art Don Reno, Red Smiley, Bill Harrell & The Cut Ups* Don Reno, Red Smiley, Bill Harrell & The Cut Ups* - Live At The Lone Star Festival At McKinney, Texas, July 1971(LP, Album) Atteiram API-L-1556 US 1977 Sell This Version
CMH-6234 Don Reno - Feudin' Again album art Don Reno, Arthur Smith (2) Don Reno, Arthur Smith (2) - Feudin' Again(LP, Album) CMH Records CMH-6234 US 1979 Sell This Version
RDK-5486/F Don Reno - Banjo Bonanza album art Don Reno And Bobby Thompson With The Cripple Creek Quartet Don Reno And Bobby Thompson With The Cripple Creek Quartet - Banjo Bonanza Reader's Digest RDK-5486/F US 1983 Sell This Version
SOR-0010 Don Reno - The Final Chapter album art Don Reno The Final Chapter(LP) Step One Records SOR-0010 US 1986 Sell This Version
F-34 Don Reno - Family & Friends album art Don Reno Family & Friends(LP, Album) Kaleidoscope Records (2) F-34 US 1988 Sell This Version
C-34 Don Reno - Family & Friends album art Don Reno Family & Friends(Cass, Album) Kaleidoscope Records (2) C-34 US 1988 Sell This Version
RHY-171 Don Reno - 20 Bluegrass Favorites album art Don Reno & Bill Harrell With The Tennessee Cut-Ups Don Reno & Bill Harrell With The Tennessee Cut-Ups - 20 Bluegrass Favorites(CD, Album, RE) Rural Rhythm Classics RHY-171 US 1997 Sell This Version
WANGOCD 112 Don Reno - Bluegrass Legends "Together" album art Charlie Moore, Don Reno Charlie Moore, Don Reno - Bluegrass Legends "Together"(CD, Album) Wango Records WANGOCD 112 US 2000 Sell This Version
REB-CD-1789 Don Reno - Together Again album art Don Reno - Red Smiley With Bill Harrell & The Tennessee Cut-Ups Don Reno - Red Smiley With Bill Harrell & The Tennessee Cut-Ups - Together Again(CD, Album, RE) Rebel Records (3) REB-CD-1789 US 2006 Sell This Version
GT7-0637-2 Don Reno - Bluegrass Sacred Gospel Songs album art Don Reno, Bill Harrell & The Tennessee Cut-Ups Don Reno, Bill Harrell & The Tennessee Cut-Ups - Bluegrass Sacred Gospel Songs(CD, Album) Gusto Records (2) GT7-0637-2 US 2008 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

45-1474 Don Reno - Green Mountain Hop / Home Sweet Home album art Don Reno, Red Smiley And The Tennessee Cutups* Don Reno, Red Smiley And The Tennessee Cutups* - Green Mountain Hop / Home Sweet Home(7", Single) King Records (3) 45-1474 US 1955 Sell This Version
4981 Don Reno - If It Takes Me A Lifetime album art Don Reno, Red Smiley And The Tennessee Cut-Ups Don Reno, Red Smiley And The Tennessee Cut-Ups - If It Takes Me A Lifetime (Single) King Records (3) 4981 US 1956 Sell This Version