Lloyd L. George

Country, Comedy aka Lonzo of Lonzo & Oscar

Born: 1924  Haleyville, AL

Died: 1991

 

Original "Lonzo" of the Grand Ole Opry comedy team of Lonzo & Oscar, 1940's-1950

In 1948 they scored their biggest hit with "I'm My Own Grandpa" for RCA Victor.

In 1950 Lloyd George left for a solo career under the name Ken Marvin.

He has played music and sung before President Harry S. Truman, and other top national figures.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame
The duo of Lonzo & Oscar ranked as the Grand Ole Opry's premier musical comedy team for a quarter century, performing both original humorous songs and parodies of current hits. Actually there were three "Lonzos" during the team's four-plus decades of existence, with John Sullivan being the most significant; the original was Lloyd George (better known as Ken Marvin) and the third was David Hooten. Toward their last decade as an act, Lonzo & Oscar abandoned much of their zany comedy, becoming a nearly straight Country Bluegrass duet, placing a serious song on the Billboard charts and working numerous Bluegrass festivals.
The Sullivans grew up in a family of 10, not far from the cave country of south central Kentucky. Rollin and Johnny began playing square dances at a fairly early age and also played in a local group called the Kentucky Ramblers. About 1939, Rollin went to WTJS Jackson, Tennessee, and began playing in a band led by Cousin Wilbur Webrooks (later a comedian with Bill Monroe on the Opry) where he received the nickname "Oscar." Later Oscar went to Louisville for a while, but in 1942 journeyed to Nashville's WSM and the Opry, finding a job picking mandolin with Paul Howard's Arkansas Cotton Pickers. Two years later, he became a sideman for the show's new superstar, Eddy Arnold, as did his brother John and an Alabama boy named Lloyd L. George (1924-1991). Oscar and Lloyd became a comedy team and Eddy finally hit upon the name "Lonzo" for Lloyd. Thus was born the team of Lonzo & Oscar.
The Tennessee Plowboy also helped the duo land a contract with his own label, RCA Victor. Their initial release, You Blacked My Blue Eyes Once Too Often and then I Am My Own Grandpa (1948 Top 5) became mild hits. Soon the duo went on their own, subtitling themselves the Winston County Pea Pickers (from a locale in the Alabama hill country) and became Opry regulars in 1947. George left the act in 1950 to embark on a solo career as "Ken Marvin."
Source: From the DEFINITIVE COUNTRY: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Country Music and Its Performers by Barry McCloud
More info at: http://www.freestateofwinston.org/lao-articles.htm
http://www.freestateofwinston.org/lonzoandoscar.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lonzo_and_Oscar
Discography: http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=70309
Sessionography: http://www.freestateofwinston.org/lao-session.htm
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKtoWK_y1HE&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Lonzo & Oscar
Listen: http://www.amazon.com/Lonzo-Oscar/e/B000APGATA/ref=ntt_mus_dp_pel

 

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