For those not familiar with Charlie Moore, he wrote the Charlie Waller & The Country Gentlemen hit “Legend Of The Rebel Soldier” as well as many other well known country and bluegrass songs in his short career.
Moore toured Europe in 1976 and 1979. The Dutch band “The Bluegrass Clodhoppers” backed Charlie during his first tour in ’76. The Dutch/Belgian band “Smoketown Strut,” with members Jan Michielsen of “Four Wheel Drive” (guitar), Pieter Groenveld of SCR (mandolin), Peter Van Eijk (banjo) and Jef van Gool (bass) toured with Charlie in 1979.
It was on that 1979 tour that Pieter Groenveld acquired Charlie’s legendary Stetson hat.
Pieter writes, “Charlie Moore was in Holland in 1979 shortly before he passed away and stayed at my place. When he left, at the airport he gave me his J.B. Stetson hat. I told that years ago to Gabrielle Gray [IBMM Executive Director] and they asked if I would send the hat to the museum. Today [July 29] I mailed them the Stetson, and this is their one and only item of Charlie’s.”