Jimmy Day, Leonard T. Zinn, and DeWitt “Scotty” Scott
were standing on the stage of the convention talking,
after Jimmy had finished his set. Jimmy put his arm
around Leonard and said to Scotty, I don’t know if you
know this or not, but I owe this man so much. He was a
great inspiration to me, because when I was a teenager
living in Texas, I used to listen to the 101 Ranch Boys
on ABC Radio Network. I used to turn on that radio every
Saturday at noon, so I could hear their steel guitar
player who was Leonard T. Zinn. I would sit by the radio
and try to copy the things he played.
This one particular Saturday, Leonard played “I Love
You Because”. That did it for me, as I knew that was the
way I wanted to play the steel guitar.
I worked hard on getting that smooth sound that I
heard L.T. play.
Then Jimmy gave Leonard a big hug and both of them
ended up with tears in their eyes.
This was an amazing honor for Leonard to hear, coming
from this champion of the steel guitar, Jimmy Day. A
much loved and well respected steel guitar professional.
A memory L.T. will always treasure.