About the Group
Lonnie and Lottie were a brother and sister act that were popular with the fans
in the southwestern Ontario, Canada area in the 1960s. While many fans might
associate a band name of Po' Folks with another country legend, that was the
name of the band that backed this popular duo.
Both of them were born in the city of Maniwaki, Quebec, located due north of Ottawa.
The two of them began singing together at an early age. Audiences were listening to
their singing talents on stage, radio and television when they were both teenagers.
An album of theirs entitled "Just Between The Two of Us" gives the listener a taste
of their harmonies. They also did solo numbers of popular tunes of the day. Backing
Lonnie and Lottie on that album were Larry Dyer on lead guitar, Bob Wingrove on
steel guitar, John Scott on bass, Gary Nugent on drums, M. DeBenidictis on the
piano and organ.
Lonnie and Lottie made appearances on the well-known country music shows that
were airing in Canada in that era. They appeared on the famous CHML Main Street
Jamboree show that broadcast out of Hamilton, Ontario. Another famous
show they appeared on was the CKNX Barn Dance, billed as the largest traveling
barn dance show that originated out of Wingham, Ontario.
Other shows included the Gary Buck show that broadcast over CKCO-TV in Kitchener;
the Red Barn Jamboree over CKLB in Oshawa.
During their career, they also had their own radio show on CHIQ in Hamilton.
As time went on, Lonnie and Lottie added personnel to their show that later
became known as the Po' Folks.
An album on the Marathon label had a couple of original tunes by the duo. Lonnie
wrote a tune called "Your Favorouite Pastime" while she was on a break appearing
at the Fort Erie Hotel in Fort Erie, Ontario. Lonnie wrote the tune, "There's Only
One You", which happened to be one of the first tunes he wrote.
Lottie did more than sing. At one time, she was teaching teenagers at the St. Peter
and St. Paul schools. An uncredited, undated article notes her classes enjoyed
the touch of her singing to go along with the classroom experience.
Lonnie and his sister also had their own booking agency for a time. It seems that it
was more than just an agency, for it also included their own recording studio.
Credits & Sources
- Hillbilly-Music.com wishes to thank Lonnie O'Reilly of Lonnie and Lottie
for providing biographical information, pictures and clippings for use with this article.
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