Morrison, Harold


  • From High Lonesome, Missouri, near Springfield.
  • One of a long line of country performers to combine banjo virtuosity and country humor. He was also a versatile session musician who played banjo, guitar, pedal steel and Dobro™.
  • 1953-1954, worked with Jimmy Gately at the WWVA Jamboree.
  • 1955-1957, was a regular on Red Foley’s Ozark Jubilee.
  • 1957, moved to Nashville to work with Johnny and Jack and Kitty Wells.
  • 1965, released Hoss, He’s The Boss album (Decca) which included his classic novelty song “The Great Bicycle Wreck.”
  • He played banjo on Loretta Lynn’s hit single “Blue Kentucky Girl.”
  • 1960’s, was a regular on the Wilburn Brothers TV show.
  • 1969, worked with George Jones and Tammy Wynette.
  • 1973, released “The Harold Morrison Show” album (GKG) with Billy Smith (guitar), Buddy Spicher (fiddle), Buck White (mandolin), Jerry Douglas (Dobro™) and Johnny Rice (bass).
  • 1976, formed his own band called Smokin’ Bluegrass with his daughter Karla and Benny Williams.
  • 1984, released Blue Grass Classics (Old Homestead) with his band The Maple Hill Boys.
  • 1992, worked with Mac Wiseman in Branson, Missouri.
  • Died December 21, 1993.