Grandpa Jones
American musician
Grandpa Jones
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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Regional Happenings - Baxter Bulletin
Google News - over 5 years
A Tribute to Grandpa Jones, Sept. 2-3, Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View. Celebrity concerts with performances by Ramona Jones and The Jones Family Band. Admission: TBA. ozarkfolkcenter.com. (870) 269-3851. White River Days, Sept
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The Wood 'n' Lips Open Mic Newsletter - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
She started with “When the Train Comes Along” by Dave Macom; then Grandpa Jones's “Eight More Miles to Louisville”; and “Swing Low Sweet Chariot”. 7:30 Rebeccah Moore: It was her first open mic and she jumped in like a pro with the Beatles' “Let it Be”
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'Lost' photos from Cleveland chronicle 1950s rock - The330
Google News - over 5 years
... engine-red dress from 1957; Presley in a pink jacket cornered by female admirers; and one of Kennedy's favorites, a 1956 shot of Grand Ole Opry mainstay Grandpa Jones in full old-man makeup (he was 42 at the time) and looking a little zombiefied
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Henderson celebrates former country musicians with exhibit - Evansville Courier & Press
Google News - over 5 years
The exhibit includes Grand Ole Opry archival photos of Louis Marshall "Grandpa" Jones, and photos and memorabilia on Smithhart, Pendergraft, James "Spider" Rich and Doug Oldham. It also offers an opportunity to watch a 20-minute episode of the locally
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STEVE SMITH: Classic rock, pop and country - Long Beach Press-Telegram
Google News - over 5 years
Grand Ole Opry member Billy Grammer, a country singing-guitar playing sideman for Hawkshaw Hawkins and Grandpa Jones, died of natural causes in Benton, IL, at 85. As a recording artist in his own right, his first single, "Gotta Travel On," was a
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The Depot hosting Henderson native Jim Owen - Evansville Courier & Press
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He will sing and talk a little about the history of music traditions in Henderson County, which encompasses such musicians as Grandpa Jones, James Spider Rich, Les Smithhart, Rusty Pendergraft, Doug Oldham and others. Those interested in attending
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Billy Grammer, 85, Singer And Guitarist at the Opry
NYTimes - over 5 years
NASHVILLE (AP) -- Billy Grammer, a singer and guitarist whose 1958 recording of ''Gotta Travel On'' became a crossover hit and led to a long career on the Grand Ole Opry, died on Wednesday in Benton, Ill., the town where he was born. He was 85 and lived in Sesser, Ill. A Grand Ole Opry spokeswoman, who confirmed the death, said Mr. Grammer had a
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Country star Grammer dead at 85 - Toronto Sun
Google News - over 5 years
The Grand Ole Opry member launched his music career after a stint in the US Army as a guitarist with Hawkshaw Hawkins and Grandpa Jones and as a band member on Jimmy Dean's TV variety show. He also became an in-demand session musician before going solo ... - -
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Roberts: Warbler error is easy to swallow - Chattanooga Times Free Press
Google News - over 5 years
In the column opposing parole for the killer of Stringbean and his wife Estelle, I said Grandpa Jones probably still has nightmares over finding their bodies the next morning after they were brutally slaughtered. Readers pointed out to me that Grandpa
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Ramblin Jug Stompers to play Saturday in Owego - Press & Sun-Bulletin
Google News - over 5 years
It features classic "Stomper-ized" selections from the songbooks of Lead Belly, Uncle Dave Macon, Grandpa Jones, Roy Acuff, the Memphis Jug Band and Cannon's Jug Stompers, to name a few. Daphne Braden, a popular singer in the Southern Tier,
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Age Discrimination and Nashville - CounterPunch
Google News - over 5 years
How cool would it be to see Mick Jagger (himself a 68-year old grandfather) standing on the exact same spot where Grandpa Jones, Minnie Pearl and Ferlin Husky once stood, wowing a wildly appreciative redneck audience with his signature rooster strut?
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Viking Classic poised to shine - Jackson Clarion Ledger
Google News - over 5 years
Rattling off the menu for PGA players and staff in Madison's Annandale Golf Club dining room this week, Patrick Dunigan evokes memories of the late Grandpa Jones answering the eternal Southern question: "What's for supper?
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Mandy Barnett Always Honors Patsy Cline - CMT.com
Google News - over 5 years
When I was a little kid, I used to go with [family friend and Opry dance troupe leader] Melvin Sloan to the backstage and I met Grant Turner and Grandpa Jones and Roy Acuff and Dottie West. I got to spend quite a bit of time back there
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Reviews of bluegrass music releases - Bellingham Herald
Google News - over 5 years
There's the folk of Bob Dylan's "Girl From The North Country" as well as "500 Miles," "The Young Fisherwoman" and "I'll Be There Mary Dear"; the pop of Dean Martin's "Small Exception of Me," the country of Grandpa Jones' "Falling Leaves" and the gospel
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Kentucky Chautauqua Presents: Grandpa Jones - WKMS
Google News - over 5 years
The star of that sketch, Grandpa Jones, hails from Henderson County. While the Grandpa himself died more than a decade ago, his life and legacy still circulate the state with the help of Kentucky Chatauqua. Jacque Day brings us this story
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The Residents of Hee-Haw's Kornfield Kounty - Legacy.com
Google News - over 5 years
Deciding to create a musical persona as Grandpa Jones around 1935, he began performing as a yodeler, banjo-picker and old-timey singer. After moving to Nashville, he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry before joining Hee Haw as a regular cast member
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Lake Barkley Hosts Chautauqua Appearance of Grandpa Jones - Journal Enterprise
Google News - over 5 years
LAKE BARKLEY, KY - Lake Barkley State Resort Park will host a Kentucky Chautauqua presentation June 18 about country musician and comic Grandpa Jones. Born Louis Marshall Jones in Henderson County, Ky., to sharecroppers, Jones was a singer,
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Citizen column: We should honor community's finest - Evansville Courier & Press
Google News - over 5 years
What about Louis Marshall "Grandpa" Jones? He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, but where is the school that would honor him? Why would Niagara school not be fittingly called Marshall Jones Elementary? Many can remember how he loved coming
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'Paper Promises'-The Larry Harvey Documentary. A Promise Kept - Cashbox Magazine Canada
Google News - over 5 years
Larry Harvey was on the 1956 Country Music Association members list, right along with Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Roy Acuff, Gene Autry, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Grandpa Jones, Minnie Pearl, Hank Snow and Ernest Tubb. "I was thinking wow," said the
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Grandpa Jones
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1998
    Age 84
    In early January 1998, Jones suffered two strokes after his second show performance at the Grand Ole Opry.
    More Details Hide Details He died at 7:00 p.m. Central Time on February 19, 1998 at the McKendree Village Home Health Center in Hermitage, Tennessee, at age 84. He was buried in the Luton Memorial Methodist Church cemetery in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. Jones recorded for several labels, including RCA Victor, King Records and Monument.
  • 1984
    Age 70
    His autobiography, Everybody's Grandpa: Fifty Years Behind The Mike was published in 1984.
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  • 1978
    Age 64
    In 1978, Jones was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1973
    Age 59
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Jones testified at the trial of the killers, his testimony helping to secure a conviction.
  • 1969
    Age 55
    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".
    More Details Hide Details He also played banjo, by himself or with banjo player David "Stringbean" Akeman. A musical segment featured in the early years had Jones and "his lovely wife Ramona" singing while ringing bells held in their hands and feet. A favorite skit had off-camera cast members ask, "Hey Grandpa, what's for supper?" in which he would describe a delicious, country-style meal. Sometimes he would describe something not so good; i.e. "Because you were bad, thawed out TV dinners!"
  • THIRTIES
  • 1946
    Age 32
    In March 1946, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and started performing on the Grand Ole Opry and married Ramona Riggins on October 14, 1946.
    More Details Hide Details As an accomplished performer herself, she would take part in his performances. Jones' vaudeville humor was a bridge to television. His more famous songs include "T For Texas", "Are You From Dixie", "Night Train To Memphis" and "Mountain Dew", and "Eight More Miles To Louisville".
    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.
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  • 1944
    Age 30
    Jones was making records under his own name for King by 1944 and had his first hit with "It's Raining Here This Morning".
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1942
    Age 28
    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.
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  • 1937
    Age 23
    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.
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  • 1935
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Jones liked the name and decided to create a stage persona based around it. Later in life, he lived in Mountain View, Arkansas.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1931
    Age 17
    In 1931, Jones joined the Pine Ridge String Band, which provided the musical accompaniment for the very popular Lum and Abner show.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1913
    Born
    Born on October 20, 1913.
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