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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
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    Founded in California
    Current members are Bob Carpenter, Jimmie Fadden, Jeff Hanna and John McEuen
    Notable former members are Jackson Browne, Richard Hathaway, Jimmie Ibbotson & Bernie Leadon
    Notable songs are 'Mr. Bojangles,' 'Shot Full Of Love,' 'Dance Little Jean,' 'Long Hard Road,' 'I Love Only You,' 'High Horse,' 'Home Again In My Heart,' 'Fishin' In The Dark,' 'Baby's Got A Hold On Me,' 'Oh, What A Love,' 'Working Man (Nowhere To Go),' 'The Rest Of The Dream,' 'I've Been Lookin,' 'Down That Road Tonight,' 'Cadillac Ranch' and 'Soldier's Joy'
    They have an extremely long name.
    They have gone through various personnel changes over the years.
    Their first hit was a cover of 'Mr. Bojangles.'
    George H.W. Bush addressed them as 'The Nitty Ditty Nitty Gritty Great Bird' at an awards speech.
    Their early stage outfits combined pinstripe suits with cowboy boots.
    They appeared in the flop Clint Eastwood-Lee Marvin musical ‘Paint Your Wagon' (1970).
    For a five year period, they changed their name to the Dirt Band (1977-81).
    Jimmy Ibbotson quit the band in 1975 and returned seven years later before quitting again in 2004.
    They mixed traditional country, bluegrass and rock music together.
    John McEuen returned to the band after a 15 year absence (2001).
    They became a staple on country radio during the 1980's.
    Jackson Browne started his music career with the band.
    Jeff & John's sons formed the band Hanna-McEuen in 2004.
    They allowed their song 'Soldier's Joy' to be used for a CPI benefit.
    They have been performing for over 40 years.
    They were the first American pop band allowed to tour the Soviet Union (1977).
    Under the name ‘The Toot Uncommons' they played the music on Steve Martin's hit ‘King Tut' (1978).

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