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Joel Ray back on stage after stroke

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Crowd greets Sprowls with enthusiastic ovation

By Ron Benningfield

Fans attending the Lincoln Jamboree Nov. 14 were pleasantly surprised when, after the opening number, featured singer Heidi Shea Baldwin introduced Joel Ray Sprowls, who walked onstage to a long, loud ovation.

Sprowls, owner and producer of the Jamboree since he started the country music show in 1954, returned to the stage for the first time after suffering a stroke Oct. 30 at his residence about three miles from Hodgenville.

He was a patient at Hardin Memorial Hospital for five days. Despite the stroke, he missed only two Jamboree performances before returning. 


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