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Lloyd Green


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(1947 – present)

Lloyd Green (born 4 October 1937 in Leaf, Mississippi) is an American steel guitarist. Green is most notable for his session work, having played on records with artists such as Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Paul McCartney, and many others.

Early life

Lloyd Green was born on 4 October 1937 in Leaf, Mississippi. He moved with his family to Mobile, Alabama at the age of four, where he began to take music lessons.

At the age of seven he learned to play an Hawaiian string guitar and eventually learned how to play the steel guitar. By the time he was ten (1947), he was playing professionally in clubs a couple of nights a week with a rhythm guitarist.

Green graduated from high school in 1955, and went on to study psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi. He left college at the age of nineteen and went to Nashville, Tennessee to seek fame as a steel guitarist.

Session work

Green’s joined Faron Young’s road band in December 1956 and stayed for 18 months. He soon played steel guitar on his first session, George Jones’ “Too Much Water Runs Under The Bridge”.

After he could not afford to renew his union card, he moved back to Mobile, but eventually moved back to Nashville and became a shoe salesman. He told his story to one of his customers, widow of publisher Fred Rose, and she renewed it for him.

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  • mattbrundage

    The man was a friggin' beast on the pedal steel. Still is, actually.

    1 Dec 2008 Reply

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