By Becky Christofferson
Pine Bluffs Post 

Fuller inducted into Nebraska Music Hall of Fame


Dalton Fuller, left, was recently inducted into the Nebraska Music Hall of Fame.

For the last 50 years, Dalton Fuller of Pine Bluffs followed his passion for music all over this country , performing for a variety of people in various gigs. This past Thanksgiving, Fuller was inducted into the Nebraska Music Hall of Fame in Columbus, Nebraska as he was a crucial piece in getting a recording studio setup in the town of David City, Nebraska for a friend by the name of Bud Comte.

"This kind of thing doesn't mean anything to anybody, but me," Fuller said when asked of the inductee honor. "It basically means we tried something and it worked."

According to Fuller, all different types of music were recorded at that studio. "Over 20 years I met all these people. It just wasn't country music. There was polka bands, big band, Dixieland, blues, rock and roll."

Fuller was notified of the honor about six months prior to the ceremony and explained that a gentleman who Fuller describes as one of the best blues voices in the country, called him up to ask what he was doing over Thanksgiving. "I got a phone call and he said they basically started the process a year ago and my name came up and I was going to be inducted. This isn't my first rodeo. Forty years ago, I was inducted into the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame. Thirty years ago, I was inducted into the Nebraska County Music Hall of Fame."

Fuller explained that a drummer who had played in Fuller's band was also inducted at the ceremony in November. "I had a lot of people came up to me and say they recorded at the studio and that I had helped them do this or that."

Fuller went into the music scene a year after being discharged from the Navy in 1964. In 1965, Fuller was chosen to do a United Service Organization (USO) tour performing for military men overseas serving the country. From 1969 to 1975, he participated in five USO tours. "I've been all over - Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Korea, the Philippines and Okinawa." He said there have been times when someone will come up to him and tell him he saw Fuller in Danang, Vietnam. "That's been 40 some years ago. Those guys that remember that, you made an impact. We saw a lot in Vietnam." However, he continued to say that his USO tour wasn't like that of the famous Bob Hope, he and the other musicians had to carry their own instruments and equipment as well as their clothing.

Fuller explained that he was asked to perform during the Wyoming Vietnam Veterans "Welcome Home" Reunion in Casper last summer. While there, three former servicemen came up to him and told Fuller that they remembered his performances from so long ago.

Fuller's instrument of choice was the guitar and throughout the years he has had the opportunity to play with 191 people.


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