Song of the Day: Grandpa Jones, “Good Old Mountain Dew”

Singer, banjo player, and comic Louis Marshall "Grandpa" Jones was born on this day in 1913. He earned the nickname "Grandpa" when he was 22 years old and always complaining about early-morning shows. He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry and an original member of the cast of Hee Haw, where he frequently showed off his clawhammer banjo style, either solo or with another great banjo player, David "Stringbean" Akeman. In this 1961 clip, Grandpa demonstrates clawhammer playing and shows off his dancing skills on "Good Old Mountain Dew."

16 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Grandpa Jones, “Good Old Mountain Dew”

  1. I know some people who knew him…they said he was a great guy. Really talented also. The way I remember him the most is sad…when he discovered “Stringbean” Akeman and his wife murdered. I was around 6 when that happened and it stuck in my memory with him on the news.

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      1. Yes it does me also. What good did killing him do… if there is no money just leave… it was so senseless. It was on the local news for weeks and weeks after that.

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  2. Before Hee Haw I used to see him on various country music shows that would show on the Knoxville TV stations. Not music I’d listen to on a regular basis, but it’s a fun novelty to hear on occasion.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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