Jelly Sanders



  "J.R. Sanders was born in Duncan, OK., on October 4, 1921.

He acquired the nick-name "Ding Dong Jelly Bean" from his sister, Margaret. This was later shortened to "Jelly," a name that he is well known by even today. Jelly began playing the fiddle at "back porch concerts" his family held whenever they could get time away from farming their land.

He was six years old when he became a member of the family band.

Jelly and his bride, Elva Mae moved to the Los Angeles area in 1940. He worked as a machinist during the day and played music in night clubs at night. He often performed with such country greats as Jimmy Wakely and Spade Cooley. He also performed with his cousin, Bob Wills whenever he appeared in the Los Angeles area.

In 1953 Jelly toured the northwest United States and Canada with Ferlin Husky and Jeannie Shepherd. After the tour he joined the TV cast of "Cousin Herb's Trading Post."

After moving to Bakersfield in 1954, Jelly began recording for Columbia and Capitol records with such country stars as Buck Owens, Merle Travis, Joe and Rose Lee Maphis, Wanda Jackson, Tommy Collins and many more.

Jelly retired in 1984. He and Elva moved to Mt. Mesa in Lake Isabella, Ca. where they enjoyed fishing and socializing. Jelly continued his love for music by playing for private parties.

Jelly and his band played annually for the handicapped children of Kern County, as well as other benefits.

Jelly was inducted into the POW in 1996."




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