Howard “Dallas” Reed had to
step down from his “Gut Bucket” having passed away July 31, 2015. He was born
April 16, 1938 in Tulare, California. He had leukemia for the last
fifteen years and also lung cancer for two years. He had to call his partners
Wayne and Doug and tell them he could no longer perform.
was born listening to music. His father, a banjo player, played with groups in
the Bakersfield Ventura area of California
and practiced at home. These groups
occasionally included Spade Cooley and Johnny Cash.
During high school he studied music and played the
trumpet. In his senior year the Tulare
Union High School Band marched in President Eisenhower’s inaugural parade.
His first job was at the “Del Monte Lodge” in Monterrey. He delivered
room service to Clark Gable, Red Skelton, Bing Crosby and many other
entertainers. From this he developed his
desire to “please the crowd”.
The aviation boom lured him into the electronics industry
and took him to Dallas, Texas.
While in Dallas
he played the guitar with local Mexican bands but he developed pneumonia and
lost one lung. Recovery took him to Apple
Valley, California. He soon was backing Glen Moore at the Apple
Valley Inn. Here he developed his “Gut
Bucket” talents and got the name “Dallas”
from a regular that couldn’t remember his name.
A job with a chemical supply company brought him to the Verde Valley. He found residency in Cornville and joined
Larry Pearson in playing local clubs. He and Larry formed “the Cornville
Philharmonic”, a junk band that played at events and parades throughout the Verde Valley. He also combined with Len Bacon and Eugene “Doc” Berry to
form the “Old Country Boys” that played around the Verde Valley
and at Cliff Castle Hotel and Casino. He continued playing in groups up to the
present time with the “Rusty Zippers”.
He entertained until time and strength ran out He is survived by his
brothers, Jerry Reed and Richard Reed and his sister, Delores Dawkins of
California. He is also survived by his
companion, Mary Guadagni who has had “The Last Dance”.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be 2pm
Friday, August 7, 2015 at the American Legion Post #93, 286 S. 3
Street, Camp Verde, Arizona 86322.