The versatile Thom Bresh played no less than nine instruments, including the tuba and the steel guitar; he also sang, acted, and did impressions of celebrities. Although involved in country music since the early '70s, with many hits, Bresh never made it to the loftiest heights of superstardom. The son of country hero Merle Travis, Bresh was born in Hollywood, where he debuted at the age three singing "Your Cheatin' Heart" at the Carriganville Movie Ranch. He made his feature film debut at age seven and was already learning to play guitar. At age 15, he replaced Roy Clark in Hank Penny's band and eventually replaced Hank when he retired. Bresh then became an actor/stuntman for about ten years, also playing with the Crescents in the mid-'60s.