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Vassar Clements (1928–2005)

Virtuoso fiddler Vassar Clements was a true musician's musician. Vassar was born on April 25, 1928 in Kinard, Florida and grew up in Kissimmee, Florida. Clements taught himself how to play the fiddle at age seven. He started playing for bluegrass legend Bill Monroe when he was only fourteen and still in school. Vassar became a regular Bluegrass Boy... See full bio »

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Welcome to L.A. Music Department
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 1975 Nashville
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 1976 Welcome to L.A. (musician: violin)
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 2016 Greater (performer: "Darkside of the Sun")
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 2005 The Special (Documentary)
 2004 Larry Keel: Beautiful Thing (Video documentary)
 2000 Grateful Dawg (Documentary)
 2000 Austin City Limits (TV Series documentary)
- Wilco/Bela Fleck and Friends (2000) ... Himself

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Album: "Vassar Clements" (1975/Mercury/Polygram) See more »

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[on his musical talent] It was God's gift, something born in me. I was too dumb to learn it any other way. I listened to the Grand Ole Opry some. I'd pick it up one note at a time. I was young, with plenty of time and I didn't give up. You'd come home from school, do your lessons and that's it. No other distractions. I don't read music. I play what I hear. See more »


Considered one of the best country fiddlers of all time, yet he never learned to read music. See more »


The Miles Davis of Bluegrass See more »

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