Welcome everyone back to my ONGOING series of articles for
you to enjoy. Tonight we remember Country Music comedy legend
He was born Gilbert Ray Rhodes July 19th 1915 in West Plains Missouri.
He was mostly known for his comedy but did play the banjo and bass fiddle
on many occasions with his sister and two brothers when he started out.
They were called the Log Cabin Mountaineers.
He developed his comedy character in the 1940’s and 1950’s and was
well known for wearing bright colors and polka dots and plaid
suit jackets and vividly colored britches.
He always wore his signature bowler’s derby hat.
In 1960 he auitioned for the Porter Waggoner show and when they
found out they were from the same area growing up they had
Speck Rhodes began a relationship with Porter that spanned over
He was best known for his telephone romance with his girlfriend
Sadie Sites..which he also used that skit on Hee Haw.
He appeared on the third season of Hee Haw in 1972.
In early 2000 Porter came out on the Opry and announced
that “Poor Miss Sadie finally hung up with O’l Speck”..
He died March 19th 2000.
He is buried in the Spring Hill Cemetery in Spring Hill Tennessee.