Jayne, Mitchell F.

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Jayne, Mitchell F. Gender: M
Mitchell Franklin Jayne
born on 5 July 1928 at 01:00 (= 01:00 AM )
Place Hammond, Indiana, 41n35, 87w30
Timezone CDT h5w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 12°57' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 07°39 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 26°42'

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Mitchell F. Jayne (with The Dillards in 1977)


American author, musician, and storyteller, who was emcee and upright bass player in The Dillards bluegrass band, the band often remembered for their several Andy Griffith Show appearances as the Darling Family, 1963–1966, as well as touring throughout southern California in the late 1960s.

Following US Navy service and after a stint at the University of Missouri, Mitch Jayne began teaching in one-room schools in Dent County, where he documented the use of the forgotten words and phrases of Elizabethan English spoken by his pupils.

Several tunes Mitch Jayne co-wrote with The Dillards are now considered bluegrass classics: "Dooley," "There is a Time," "The Old Home Place," and "The Whole World Round." He also authored four books, Home Grown Stories & Home Fried Lies, The Forest in the Wind, Old Fish Hawk, and Fiddler's Ghost. Jayne had almost finished another novel, Glory Hole War, prior to his death, with only one chapter left unwritten. He narrated the ending to his editor during the last two weeks of his life so that the book could be released.

Turning his talents to other venues, Jayne authored a weekly column in the Shannon County Current Wave, in his adopted Ozark hometown of Eminence, Missouri. Jayne also hosted a radio show in Salem, Missouri at KSMO that attracted national attention for its satire, including the Snake and Tick Market Report, a regular feature that reported market prices for Hoo-Boy White Dot Crushproof Dry Valley Wonder Ticks and black, copperhead, coachwhip, garter and rattle snakes.

He died on 2 August 2010.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from two articles: "my friend, Mitchell F. Jayne, . . . had a love affair with the Fourth of July, and considered it a cosmic affront that he was born an hour after midnight on July 5. So he did what Mitch did – he made up his own story, claiming and celebrating July 4th as his birthday" ("Remembering Mitch on Fourth of July" by Ronnie Ellis, Glasgow Daily Times, 1 July 2016 [1]); "Jayne was born July 5, 1928 in Hammond, Ind., the son of Bea and Gus Jayne" ("Mitch Jayne, 1928-2010," Columbia Daily Tribune, 5 August 2010 [2]).


  • Vocation : Entertainment : Radio/ D.J./ Announcer (Radio show host)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo (The Dillards)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Upright bass player)
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (US Navy)
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (Novelist)