Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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July 24, 2013

A homegrown success story

Dan Mobley is a success story by anyone’s measure.

He started a musical career in Greensburg and more than 50 years later is still making music all over the country.

He’s visiting his family in Greensburg this summer until he heads off to Washington State and Vancouver to make music. He says, “I’ve made a living at something that I would have done for nothing.” He plays the six and 12 string guitar and at one time played the banjo. He usually plays alone but has back-up tracks for anyone wanting to dance.

Dan is the son of Mary Mobley Theobald and the late E. L. “Dutch” Mobley. His sister is Mary Ann Barnett of Clarksburg, and his brothers are Tom of Florida and Mike of North Dakota.

“I heard the sound of someone packing/ I heard the sound of a suitcase snapping.” Those are words from a song written by Dan and friend Shel Silverstein. One day when Dan and Shel were next door neighbors in Key West, Florida Dan was sitting outside playing his guitar and singing. Silverstein leaned over the fence and said he enjoyed his music. They became fast friends and wrote many songs together. The lines above are from a song they wrote titled, “She Took Everything but the Blame.” They also wrote “Dope Heads on Mopeds” and many others. Silverstein was an American poet, singer, songwriter, cartoonist, screenwriter and author of children’s books.

Longtime friend Lou Alexander, now living in of California said, “Dan has been a friend since our days together at St. Mary’s in Greensburg. He’s a wonderfully versatile musician, able to play many styles of music and maintain cheerful patter in between songs. He entertained our class with a long set at our GCHS Class of 1965 joint 62nd birthday party in 2007. One of the highlights of this performance was an original song, “Summer Nights in Greensburg, IN” that completely captures what it was like growing up in Greensburg in the 1950s and 1960s. Dan may only live in Decatur County for part of the year but he gives back to his hometown. This Friday he is donating his service for a fundraiser for the Knights of Columbus in Greensburg.”

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