There are two wonderful men in our community who call themselves The Good Ole Geezers. They are Bill Davis and Bob Gilmore. The Good Ole Geezers have been playing music longer than most of us can imagine - even prior to their Navy/Army days of WWII. Bob Gilmore, 94 years old, born in Allen, OK, is a singer who plays mandolin, guitar, fiddle, and harmonica. Bill Davis, 87 years old and a Duncan native, plays banjo, dobro, and guitar, in addition to singing. They have played together in the Duncan area for over 45 years. They can tell story after story about how music has fulfilled their lives and those around them. The two of them have recorded three CDs together. They are superstars in the eyes of numerous listeners and musicians across the midwest. In fact, they were the inspiration for the poster and t-shirt design at the 2018 Oklahoma’s International Bluegrass Festival in Guthrie, Oklahoma. The poster was based off of a painting by the Kansas artist, Jette Summers. Her painting of The Good Ole Geezers sold for $2800 at an auction which funded music scholarships for the youth.
Prior to Bill’s musical ventures with Bob, he had many great experiences with a band called The Midnight Cowboys. In the 1950s, the band played in Lawton on KSWO TV and on Saturday nights in Wichita Falls on Texas TV. Roger Miller was a guest of the band when they performed in Erick, Oklahoma, and they even opened a show for Elvis Presley.
Bob and Bill will steal your heart with their generosity associated with their musical abilities. They have volunteered dozens of times to play for organizations in the local community, Guthrie, and even on the radio for the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. A few of the organizations The Good Ole Geezers have performed for are the Bray/Doyle Volunteer Fire Department, Chisholm Trail Arts Council, Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, Duncan Public Schools, Stephens County Humane Society, Kindred Community of Beautiful Day, Halliburton, and Lions Club. In addition, they have shared their talents at churches, nursing homes, local businesses, corporate Christmas parties, and funerals. The two of them have even played in the homes of families who have lost loved ones. Bill Davis and Bob Gilmore have commented that “it’s all about the love for the music, the contentment music brings to the listeners, and the joy of giving back to the community.”
State Rep. Judd Strom had listened to The Good Ole Geezers numerous times and was thrilled when they were inducted into the Duncan Area Arts Hall of Fame for their talent and contributions. He thought so highly of the two gentlemen, he wanted to give them a special award from the State Legislature. He visited with State Reps. Marcus McEntire and Brad Boles about declaring the two men State Treasures, a new title of an award initiated by Rep. Strom. The three representatives all agreed that the two men deserved to be awarded for bringing joy to the bluegrass fans across the state of Oklahoma and for inspiring men, women, and children to learn to play and love bluegrass music. The awarded Citation states that they “have touched the lives of many people throughout their career and always demonstrated personal integrity and dedication while giving their time and effort whenever and wherever needed.” The Citation concludes, “The Oklahoma Legislature does hereby commend The Good Ole Geezers for their many professional accomplishments and years of service to the citizens of our state; and extends a gratitude for truly being Treasures to the state of Oklahoma for their contribution to music and society.”