Shep Shepherd co-wrote the now classic instrumental “Honky Tonk Part 2” while playing in the Bill Doggett band. The recording became a hit in the late 1950s and helped build a stronger audience for rock instrumentals, which remained popular throughout the mid 1960s. Shep began playing drums and other percussive instruments at an early age and later developed a successful jazz and blues style on the trombone. In the early part of 2008, at the age of 92, Shep was married. His lovely bride accompanied Shep for his interview, which greatly added to his smile on camera! Shep’s NAMM Oral History interview was completed on June 13, 2008. He passed away at the age of 101 having created a lasting musical legacy.
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