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Although Louis Marshall Jones was only around 30 years old when he cut his first acetate for Syd Nathan's fledgling Dayton, Ohio-based King Records in 1943, he was already known as Grandpa Jones, earning the nickname because he supposedly sounded like an old man when he spoke on the radio (over his half-century career, Jones grew into the physical aspect of the name, as well). By the end of the '40s, Jones was featuring his own flailing banjo style more frequently, and he began to sound increasingly like the second coming of Uncle Dave Macon. This set shows how much the Hee Haw banjo character was exactly that, a character, albeit one Jones nurtured and milked for well over 50 years.


Born: 20 October 1913 in Niagra, KY

Genre: Country

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Louis Marshall "Grandpa" Jones was one person who aged right into his makeup. Like his real appearance, however, his actual background and role in country music were deceptive and more complex than they seem. Beginning in the 1920s, he began attracting attention with his boisterous performing style, old-time banjo performing, and powerful singing, and by the 1940s, with hits like "Rattler" and "Mountain Dew," he began receiving national attention. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1946 and remained...
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