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About the video
One of my favorite singers and humorists^^. The Late Louis Marshall "Grandpa"
Jones performs "The Banjo Am The Instrument For Me".
About the artist
Born Louis Marshall Jones in Niagra, Kentucky, Grandpa Jones began his
professional career at age 11. A guitar player first, he learned the banjo in his
early twenties from Cousin Emmy, a flamboyant female performer of the 1930's.
The "Grandpa" nickname was adopted when he was only 22 years old.
In the 1940's, he formed a gospel-singing group called the "Brown's Ferry Four"
which included the Delmore Brothers and Merle Travis. The Brown's Ferry Four
tradition was kept alive (in spirit) by the "Hee Haw Gospel Quartet.
While in the army in 1944, he had a group in Germany called "The Munich
Mountaineers." Joining the Grand Ole Opry in 1946 he stayed there until 1949,
and left soon after to work on the Old Dominion Barn Dance, broadcast out of
Richmond, Virginia. Grandpa returned to the Opry in 1952 only to leave again in
1956 to work on Jimmy Dean's TV show in Washington, D.C.
In 1968, Grandpa Jones joined the cast of the "Hee Haw" television show, and
was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1978.