|Birth name||Lloyd Green|
October 4, 1937 |
Leaf, Mississippi, U.S.
Lloyd Green (born October 4, 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 The Byrds, Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, The Monkees, Jean Stafford, Lynn Anderson, Don Williams, Paul McCartney, Charley Pride, Bob Dylan, Johnny Paycheck, George Hamilton IV and many others.
At the age of seven he learned to play a Hawaiian string guitar and eventually learned how to play the steel guitar. By the time he was ten, 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 to seek fame as a steel guitarist.
Over the years, Lloyd Green has become one of the most popular and respected pedal steel guitarist of all time, and arguably the best player of the E9th tuning on the pedal steel guitar.
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.
The first successful session he played on was Warner Mack's "The Bridge Washed Out" in 1965. For the next 15 years, Green averaged 400 sessions a year. The artists whose recordings he played on included Faron Young, Freddie Hart, the Byrds, Charley Pride, and Paul McCartney. He turned down a U.S. tour with McCartney due to the fact that he didn't want to lose work in Nashville.
In the 1980s an ear infection forced Green to stop working, but he eventually returned to session work. He also plays live on occasion.
Lloyd Green was inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 1988.
He has performed with over 500 artists, has played on 115 number one hits, and over 100 top ten hits.
He was profiled in the September 2008 issue of Vintage Guitar magazine by music historian and journalist Rich Kienzle.
Sho-Bud LDG Model
Lloyd Green designed the Sho-Bud LDG steel guitar. His first was delivered on May 9, 1973 at his home by David Jackson and Duane Marrs of Sho-Bud. It was the fourth and last Sho-Bud guitar that Lloyd played on sessions.
Sho-Bud Fingertip Double 10
Green played a Sho-Bud Fingertip Double 10 on many gold and platinum records for hundreds of major artists such as Ann-Margret, Frank Sinatra, Lynn Anderson, Charley Pride, George Jones, Ferlin Husky, Freddie Hart, Jimmy Dean, Dolly Parton, Faron Young, Johnny Paycheck, Roy Acuff, Bobby Bare, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Brenda Lee, Don Williams, Jerry Reed, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Statler Brothers, Jimmy Buffett, Peter, Paul and Mary, Marty Robbins and Hank Williams, Jr..
|1964||Hawaiian Enchantment (his name is not featured on the cover)||—||Modern Sound|
|Big Steel Guitar (aka The Big Steel Guitar)||—||Time|
|1966||Day for Decision||—||Little Darlin|
|1967||The Hit Sounds||—|
|1968||Mr. Nashville Sound||37||Chart|
|Cool Steel Man||—|
|1969||Green Country||—||Little Darlin|
|Music City Sound (with Pete Wade)||—||MGM|
|1971||Lloyd Green and His Steel Guitar||—||Prize|
|1973||Shades of Steel||21||Monument|
|Ten Shades of Green||—||Midland|
|1977||Stainless Steel (aka Feelings)||—||GRT|
|1980||Lloyd's of Nashville||—||Midland|
Also appears on
- 1984: "The Celestial Sounds of Steel Guitars (VGK) with JB Van - produced by Robin Vosbury and Lloyd Green
- 2010. The Lloyd Green Album (Red Beet) with Eric Brace
- 2010: Master Sessions (Red Beet) with Eric Brace and Peter Cooper
|US Country||CAN Country|
|1967||"Pedal Pattle (aka Pedal Paddle)||—||—||"The Hit Sounds"|
|1968||"Mr. Nashville Sound"||—||—||Mr. Nashville Sound|
|1969||"Bar Hoppin'"||—||—||Cool Steel Man|
|"Tell Ya What"||—||—|
|1970||"Ride Ride Ride"||—||—||Mr. Nashville Sound|
|"My Happiness" (with Pete Wade)||—||—||Music City Sound|
|"Release Me" (with Pete Wade)||—||—|
|1971||"Midnight Silence"||—||—||Lloyd Green and His Steel Guitar|
|1972||"Morning Has Broken"||—||—||Shades of Steel|
|1973||"I Can See Clearly Now"||36||98|
|"Here Comes the Sun"||73||—|
|"I Can Help"||—||—|
|1976||"Darisa"||—||—||Ten Shades of Green|
|"You and Me"||92||—||Feelings|
|1979||"Ricochet"||—||—||Lloyd's of Nashville|