Personalities | Lonzo & Oscar | War Years | Country

(Comedy duo, 1945–85)

This popular musical comedy duo went through several personnel changes during its four decades on the Grand Ole Opry. The original Lonzo And Oscar comprised two Kentucky-born brothers, Johnny (1917–67) and Rollin Sullivan (b. 1919). The Sullivans began performing on a Jackson, Tennessee radio station, and in 1945 started working as stage and studio back-up musicians for Eddy Arnold. In 1947, Rollin Sullivan began appearing with Lloyd Leslie George (1924–91), another Arnold backup musician, on the Grand Ole Opry as Lonzo And Oscar. In 1950 Johnny Sullivan rejoined his brother when George left for a solo career. When Johnny died in 1967, Rollin hired Dave Hooten (b. 1935) as his replacement and the two continued performing until Sullivan retired in 1985.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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