On this date in 2002, Beecher Ray "Pete" Kirby died at the age of 90.
Kirby was better known for over 60 years as "Bashful Brother Oswald," the dobro player and tenor singer in Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain Boys.
He obtained his stage name during an improvised moment onstage in 1939. Acuff's band, the Smoky Mountain Boys, featured a girl banjo player named Rachel Veach. During the 30s, it was unheard of for a female to travel in a band with no relative in the band; therefore, the duo became "Sister Rachel Veach and her bashful brother, Oswald."