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81 Year Old Rocks A Tennessee Guitar Store


When you’ve got it, you’ve got it. An 81-year-old grandpa shocked, and rocked, a Tennessee guitar shop by walking in and performing the famous Mexican song, “Bésame Mucho”.

The octogenarian Bob Wood of Bethpage, Tennessee walked into the store, picked up a Gibson Epiphone guitar, and promptly rocked the house with his fun rendition of the traditional bolero song.

One of the managers at British Audio Service captured the 2014 moment on video. As it happens once in a while, Wood’s rendition has since gone viral, notching up more than 2,306,500 shares on Facebook.

On finishing his performance, you can hear a man in the small crowd that had gathered say, “That was awesome.”  On viewing the video, all of us here at Rock my world would agree.

No stranger to music, Bob Wood was signed as a regular performer at Jamboree USA in Wheeling, West Virginia, in 1970. He’s a father of nine. One of his daughter’s, Melanie Wood Moody,’ told Guitar Player, “He played at Jamboree USA for ten years after signing, and has created several albums over the years.”

The elderly guitar player was awarded Entertainer of the Year by Eastern States Country Music Inc in 1975 and 1976. Then in 2007, he was inducted into the Southern Legends Country Music Hall of Fame.

It just goes to show you can’t judge a book by it’s cover. Maybe Bob’s attire (in the video) looks more grunge than rockstar, but either way Bob rocks the house. And, by the look of his Facebook page, he won’t be retiring any time soon – he’s still out there performing regularly.

Photos: British Audio Service. Bob Wood.



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