Robert Hale is the
DUKE of WAIL
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About

Robert reads Treble Clef and Nashville Numbers


Film

Arizona Summer” Morgan Fairchild, Lee Majors

“Telling Secrets” Cybill Shepherd

 

Television

Copperstate Chronicles, KTVK-3 Phoenix AZ

 

Touring and recording with the Superstition Band

 

Opened for

Asleep at the Wheel at Rawhide, Phoenix AZ
Oak Ridge Boys at the Celebrity Theater, Phoenix AZ

 

Theater
Arizona
Broadway Theater “Big River" Peoria AZ
Patsy Cline Dinner Theater, Phoenix AZ

 

National Anthem with Harmonica for Phoenix RoadRunners Hockey


Awards

Phoenix Blues Society First Annual Blues Contest, 3rd place winner Cold Shot Blues Band;
Top Instrumentalist 1995, Arizona Country Music Association, Harmonica

 

Backed

Sammy Smith (Help Me Make It Through the Night); Opry star Stonewall Jackson; Rose Maddox

 

Gigged with

LA “Wrecking Crew” drummer Hal Blaine

Jammed with

Lee Oskar, in Arizona

Mason Williams (Classical Gas) in Oregon

John Hartford (Gentle on my Mind) in Mississippi

 

Personal

Married, three children, seven grandchildren

Active church member 

US Army Vietnam Veteran; AFRTS Panama Canal Zone

 

 

How it began

It was 1965 when I attended Sutter Junior High School in Sacramento, California. Someone gave me a Marine Band harmonica.

 

The Beatles’ “I Should Have Known Better” was on KROY AM radio and I learned the opening riff. That was all I knew, so I played it over, and over, and over...

 

By the time I reached the ever-so-cool age of 16 in Sacramento High School, I had inherited a Hohner 64 Chromonica and won a spot in the variety show playing “Ruby” (from the 1952 film Ruby Gentry) accompanied by school band mates on drums, bass, and piano.

 

Imagine this scene: An ornate, old fashioned theater-auditorium with dark walls and high ceilings, great acoustics, and nearly 2-seconds natural reverberation. On stage was a large, classic, ribbon microphone on a stand, as you might see in a radio drama of the 40’s.

 

I was in heaven! And I was finally admired and praised, too.

 

“So, you really CAN play that thing!” (OK, tolerated, maybe.) But it felt good.

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