Grandpa Jones

Born Oct 20, 1913

Louis Marshall Jones, known professionally as Grandpa Jones, was an American banjo player and "old time" country and gospel music singer. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Grandpa Jones.


1913 Birth Born on October 20, 1913.


1931 17 Years Old In 1931, Jones joined the Pine Ridge String Band, which provided the musical accompaniment for the very popular Lum and Abner show.


1935 21 Years Old By 1935 his pursuit of a musical career took him to WBZ (AM) radio in Boston, Massachusetts, where he met musician/songwriter Bradley Kincaid, who gave him the nickname "Grandpa" because of his off-stage grumpiness at early-morning radio shows. … Read More
1937 23 Years Old Performing as Grandpa Jones, he played the guitar or banjo, yodeled, and sang mostly old-time ballads. By 1937, Jones had made his way to West Virginia, where Cousin Emmy taught Jones the art of the clawhammer style of banjo playing, which gave a rough backwoods flavor to his performances.
1942 28 Years Old In 1942, Jones joined WLW in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was there that he met fellow Kentuckian Merle Travis. In 1943, they made their recording debuts together for Syd Nathan's upstart King Records.


1944 30 Years Old Jones was making records under his own name for King by 1944 and had his first hit with "It's Raining Here This Morning".
1946 32 Years Old 1 More Event
His recording career was put on hold when he enlisted in the United States Army during World War II. Discharged in 1946, he recorded again for King.


1969 55 Years Old In 1969, Jones became a charter cast member on the long-running television show Hee Haw, often responding to the show's skits with his trademark phrase "Outrageous". … Read More
1973 59 Years Old A resident of rural Ridgetop, Tennessee, outside Nashville, he was a neighbor and friend of fellow musician David "Stringbean" Akeman. On the morning of November 11, 1973, Jones discovered the bodies of Akeman and his wife, who had been murdered during the night by robbers. … Read More


1978 64 Years Old In 1978, Jones was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
1984 70 Years Old His autobiography, Everybody's Grandpa: Fifty Years Behind The Mike was published in 1984.
1998 84 Years Old 1 More Event
In early January 1998, Jones suffered two strokes after his second show performance at the Grand Ole Opry. … Read More
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