February 24 Happy Birthday Little Roy Lewis

Happy Birthday Little Roy Lewis born, February 24, 1942, singer/comic/musician, was an integral part of the Lewis Family bluegrass-gospel band. Born and raised the youngest member of a large family in Lincolnton, Georgia, Lewis began playing banjo at age six and won his first talent contest at age eight. When he was nine, “Little Roy” joined the family band after his older brother Esley entered the Army. In 1954, the Lewis clan began performing regularly on WJBF-TV Augusta. Little Roy appeared on all of his family’s albums, but he also cut a few banjo records of his own, beginning with an EP on Starday in the early ’60s. In 1968, he recorded his first full-length album, Golden Gospel Banjo. Lewis was a popular member of his family band and was known for offeri jn
\ng lively chatter and comical sound effects during such songs as “Honey in the Rock.”

Little Roy Lewis, Lewis Family Instumental 1996

Little Roy & Lizzy Show – Orange Blossom Special

The Little Roy & Lizzy Show – Wildflowers

About the author

I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie

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