RMHC Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Rule Beasley was born into the Beasley Piano Company and raised with music. He had talent and it blossomed into national fame as a composer, musician, band leader, arranger and performer. He has an impressive range of skills as pipe organist and several other instruments. This story from the Texarkana Gazette half a century ago provides insight.

Rule Beasley was awarded the first Regional Music Heritage Center Lifetime Achievement Award at the Scott Joplin International Centennial Celebration in 2017.

These recordings were made by “The Legend in Sound” Paul W. Klipsch in Texarkana of Rule Beasley’s jazz group. They are of better quality than the majority of modern recordings and will sound best with the very finest speakers or headphones you have. The first one, “Ode to a Catfish,” had no name yet on the day of the recording. When Klipsch was getting the names and Rule told him he had not named it and what did he think, Klipsch immediately replied “Ode to a Catfish.”

Ode to a Catfish

Basset Hound

Half Nelson

Ill Wind

Tiny’s Blues

The Lady is a Tramp

Yardbird

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