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Grandpa Jones

"Grandpa Jones" (October 20, 1913 – February 19, 1998) was an American banjo player and "old time" country and gospel music singer.

Born "Louis Marshall Jones" in Niagara, Kentucky, he spent his teenage years in Akron, Ohio where he began singing country music tunes on a local radio show. 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" due to his off-stage grumpiness at early-morning radio shows. Jones liked the name and decided to create a stage persona based around it.

Performing as "Grandpa Jones," he played the banjo, yodeled, and sang mostly old-time ballads. Some of his more famous songs include, "T is for Texas" and "Mountain Dew." Moving to Nashville, Tennessee, he became part of the Grand Ole Opry and was a regular cast member on the popular TV show, ''Hee Haw''.

Jones was one of the most popular cast members of the long-running ''Hee Haw''. A favorite skit had cast members asking "Hey Grandpa, what's for supper?" to which he'd either describe either a delicious, country-style meal ("Buttermilk biscuits smothered in chicken gr...

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