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I remember an old George Carlin comedy bit about "rules" we all had to follow while growing up. The one rule that I remember clearly was "NO singing at the table during dinner!" That wasn't the case at one of my favorite restaurants in Abilene, Harold's Pit Bar-B-Q.

Harold's Pit Bar-B-Q is no longer, but the memories of his Bar-B-Q, his love for people, and the fact that Harold loved to sing are still with us. While you didn't have to sing for your supper, you did have to sing along (whether you wanted to or not) while eating at his restaurant.

Harold Christian was once portrayed by actor Laurence Fishburne In The Motion Picture Under The Stadium Lights.

I'll say this about Harold Christian, he was a man of faith, he loved smoking briskets, people, ACU, our military personnel, and he LOVED to sing. He would walk over to your table and get you clapping and singing, as you'll see in these videos.

Harold Not Only Sang But Was The Coach And Choir Director Too!

Anytime I was in a bad mood or having a bad day, I would go eat at Harold's, guaranteeing that I would leave his restaurant in a much better mood and with a song stuck in my head.

If you were looking for a quiet place to have lunch or dinner, Harolds would not be the place to be. Furthermore, all the songs he sang were faith-based and if you didn't know the words, not a problem, Harold the pit-master would shout them out at you.

One thing is for sure if you ever went there, after watching these videos you're going to be craving some "Harold Time" and those awesome smoked meats. I'll confess it now a couple of the videos had my eyes watering remembering Harold and the good times.

Mr. Christian would sing solo from time to time and would have everyone in awe. While he had your undivided attention, he would talk to you about diversity and how to love your fellow humans.

Harold Christian Goes Solo As Everyone Watches in Awe

Finally, one thing that's certain, is that Harold Christian was revered by anyone that ever met him. Those that came to Abilene to visit, would visit Harold's Pit Bar-B-Q because it was on their bucket list.

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