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March 1, 2010

Branson: Baldknobbers’ Lyle Mabe dies at 71

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Veteran Branson entertainer Lyle Mabe has died at the age of 71.

He helped found the resort town’s oldest music show, called the Baldknobbers, in 1959 and performed at the opening day of Silver Dollar City the next year.

The Baldknobbers said in a news release that Mabe died Saturday after a long illness.

The Springfield News-Leader reported that Mabe performed in Branson’s first show as comedian George Aggernite, which was the name his father gave him as a small boy.

Mabe played the washtub bass from the show’s founding until 1991.

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