b. 30 November 1935, near Bloomfield, Iowa, USA, d. 1 November 2008, Florence, Kentucky, USA. Reno, a singer and guitarist, first worked on radio at the age of 16 and, from 1955, was a regular member of The Ozark Jubilee. He continued working on radio while both in and out of the armed forces, and had his first record success in the US country charts with ‘Repeat After Me’ on the JAB label. His best-known single was ‘I Want One’ for Dot Records, but he also charted with country versions of pop hits, ‘Hitchin’ a Ride,’ ‘Do You Want to Dance?,’ ‘Beautiful Sunday,’ and ‘Let the Four Winds Blow,’ with his last chart entry, ‘Jukebox,’ in 1974. His awards include the Country Music Association’s Disc Jockey of the Year in 1978, but his career was curtailed by Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He recovered and began recording duets with his daughter Sheila in 1986. Before his death in 2008 from a brain tumor, he was involved in management and production.
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