Perhaps not relevant to your search for pictures but, String was a respected musician as well as comic. He played banjo, albeit of a different style, with Bill Monroe’s band before being replaced by Earl Scruggs. String (real name David Akeman) and his wife were murdered in 1973 by burglars who entered his residence having heard that he kept great amounts of money in his home.
Let us know how this works out, I’d be interested to hear. What Johnny Cash song(s) did you use to show the rap connection?
CateAyo, I remember the Stringbean murders. Those murders changed the whole Middle Tennesse area as far as perception of crime goes. The robbers never did find the money, but it turned up some 20 years later, stashed behind a brick in the chimney.
He was a bit of a throwback to the days when string band acts were almost as much about comedy as about music. I’m thinking particularly of Gid Tanner and His Skillet Lickers, whose live act in the 1920s featured sting music interspersed with comedy skits. (Or maybe it was comedy skits interspersed with string music.) Hee Haw and Stringbean were following that tradition.