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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. Born in the small farming community of Niagara in Henderson County, Kentucky, Jones spent his teenage years in Akron, Ohio, where he began singing country music tunes on a radio show on WJW. His father was a fiddle player, and his mother was a ballad singer. In 1931, Jones joined the Pine Ridge String Band, which provided the musical accompaniment for the very popular Lum and Abner 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" because of his off-stage grumpiness at early-morning radio shows. Jones liked the name and decided to create a stage persona based around it. Later in life, he lived in Mountain View, Arkansas.

Totally inexperienced, I grabbed a notebook and pen—no tape recorder at that time—and I set out after school for my appointment at Mountain View. This famous music star sat with me on the porch of their dinner theatre and talked for two hours. In a frenzy, I wrote notes. Although my dream of writing biographies for children never happened, I did write several features about man I discovered was “Everybody’s Grandpa.”



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