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Lonnie Glosson

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Birth name  Lonnie Marvin Glosson
Genres  Blues, Gospel music
Role  Musical Artist
Name  Lonnie Glosson
Instruments  harmonica

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Born  February 14, 1908 Judsonia, Arkansas, United States (1908-02-14)
Died  March 2, 2001, Searcy, Arkansas, United States
Albums  Mountain Blues, Vol. A, All Harmonica
Record labels  Decca Records, Mercury Records
Similar People  Wayne Raney, The Milo Twins, The Del Brothers, The Armstrong Twins, Fiddlin' Arthur Smith

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Lonnie Elonzo Glosson (Lonnie Marvin Glosson February 14, 1908 – March 2, 2001) was an American country musician, songwriter, and radio personality who was responsible for popularizing the harmonica on a national level. Glosson is known for his versatility as a live performer, both as a soloist and a group member, and for a radio career spanning nearly seven decades.


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Glosson was born the seventh of eleven children to George and Cora Glosson in Judsonia, Arkansas. He changed his middle name, which was originally Marvin, to Elonzo because he disliked his uncle of whom Glosson was named after. Originally working as a cotton picker, Glosson was taught the rudiments of the harmonica by his mother, before beginning his professional musical career in 1925, on KMOX Radio, in St. Louis. Glosson traveled around the Midwest for performances in small-time venues before auditioning as a cast member for WLS Chicago's National Barn Dance, in 1930, alongside many other musical acts, including Gene Autry, who attempted to persuade Glosson to pursue an acting career with him, in Hollywood. Instead, Glosson remained in Chicago to join the WJJD Suppertime Frolic programming. He managed to become a popular local attraction for his ability to omit unusually harmonic riffs and sounds in his stage act.

Glosson did eventually go to Hollywood to accept an opening as a radio host in 1934, but returned to the Midwest by the end of the year. In 1936, while being a featured performer on Renfro Valley Barn Dance, Glosson recorded his self-penned song "Arkansas Hard Luck Blues", which was highlighted by an early example of talking blues, a style later popularized by Bob Dylan. Also in the year, Glosson began a long-standing partnership with fellow musician, Wayne Raney, fueled by Raney's admiration for Glosson's harmonica techniques, and establishing the team on a radio station in Little Rock. In the early 1940s, Glosson composed for Molly O'Day, who he first encountered while on Suppertime Frolic, writing songs that included "Mathew 24" and "Don't Forget the Family Prayer". In 1948, Glosson and Raney commenced their most prolific work on a nationally-syndicated program centered in Cincinnati. As hosts, the duo promoted Kraft Company's harmonicas, along with various techniques, and instructions. They are credited with being responsible for five million purchases, and effectively bringing the instrument to the mainstream market. In addition, the two recorded with the Delmore Brothers, and were credited on the hit song, "Blues Stay Away from Me", in 1949.

In 1960, Glosson and Raney's partnership ended, when Raney decided to establish a recording studio for emerging rock and roll artists. Glosson initiated a solo career, mainly performing in universities and expanding into gospel music. In the 1970s, Glosson recorded on Raney's Rimrock label, and, in 1980, the duo reunited to record an album.

On March 2, 2001, Glosson died at the age of 93, of natural causes.


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