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Grandpa Jones

Country Musician / Comedian

Born: 30 January 1914
Died: 19 February 1998 (stroke)
Birthplace: Niagra, Kentucky
Best known as: Co-star of the show Hee Haw
Grandpa Jones was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1978 after a long career as a country entertainer. His specialty was banjo picking and folksy singing mixed with countrified humor. Jones was a regular at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, where he first performed in 1946. Beginning in 1969 he found a wider audience as a regular on the TV series Hee Haw, where his countrified act was a natural. Jones continued playing the Opry until a month before his death; his final stroke came after a performance there.

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