Lonzo aka Lloyd George

Member of Lonzo and Oscar:

Instruments: Vocals

Date of Birth: June 27, 1924

Place of Birth: Haleyville, Alabama

Date of Death:October 16, 1991

 

Lloyd George

Lloyd George was born to parents Austin and Myrtle George in a duplex house in Cordova, Alabama on June 27, 1924. In 1930, Austin operated a cafeteria and Myrtle worked in a cotton mill. About 1931, they moved to the mill village in Haleyville, Alabama, where better jobs were available, and where Lloyd went to school. He ordered a cheap guitar from Sears and Roebuck and always loved music. George had a local group called the Rhythm Rascals, and he also played with Sonny James Loden and his family, as well as gospel singer Jake Hess. The Rhythm Rascals consisted of Will Harvey Jones, James "Snookem" Turner, a fiddle player, and a Mr. Howell.

At age 14, George made his first radio appearance on WMSD-AM in Sheffield, Alabama. He graduated from Haleyville High School in 1942. Turned down by the military for World War II, he moved to Nashville and got a gig with Curly Fox and Texas Ruby, but soon he was playing bass with Eddy Arnold after Arnold's bassist, Gabe Tucker, left.

Source: Lonzo and Oscar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

Lonzo And Oscar - Skunk Skin Britches (1953)

The musical comedy duo of Lonzo & Oscar was for many years a fixture at the Grand Ole Opry. Over the act's history of almost fifty years, three different men in succession played the role of Lonzo, while Rollin Sullivan held down the role of Oscar. The act's beginnings can be traced to the late 1930s, when Kentucky-born brothers Johnny and Rollin Sullivan toured as a duo and made their professional radio debut on WTJS in Jackson, Tennessee. In 1942 Rollin Sullivan joined Paul Howard's Arkansas Cotton Pickers at WSM's Grand Ole Opry, playing electric mandolin. With World War II under way, John Sullivan went into the service. In 1945 the Sullivan brothers and Lloyd George all worked as sidemen for Eddy Arnold at WSM and on record for the next two years. While with Arnold, Lloyd George and Rollin Sullivan provided comic relief with an act they called Cicero & Oscar. It was Arnold who changed George's moniker to Lonzo. In late 1947 Lonzo & Oscar left Arnold to become a Grand Ole Opry act in their own right. The following year they scored their biggest hit with "I'm My Own Grandpa" for RCA Victor. In 1950, when Lloyd George left for a solo career under the name Ken Marvin, John Sullivan rejoined his brother, continuing the Lonzo & Oscar tradition of satirizing songs.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

More info: http://www.freestateofwinston.org/lao-articles.htm

 

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