(born May 1928) was the upright bassist
and electric bassist
of singer Johnny Cash
's original backing duo, the Tennessee Two
, in which Grant and electric guitarist Luther Perkins
played. The group became known as The Tennessee Three in 1960, with the addition of drummer W. S. Holland
. Grant also served as road manager for Cash and his touring show company.
Grant was raised in Bessemer City, NC. He is one of twelve children born of Willie Leander (1888–1968) and Mary Elizabeth (Simmonds) Grant. His siblings are Wade (1910–1985), Olson (1912–1993), Burlas (1914–1915), Vernal (1916–1971), Euleen (b:1918), Hershall (b:1921), Doris (1923–2006), Odell (b:1925), Ed (b:1931), Norma Jean (b:1935) and Aubrey Grant (b:1937).
Grant married Etta May Dickerson on November 9, 1946. They had one son, Randall.
Grant and his wife settled in Memphis, Tennessee
in 1947. Grant worked as an mechanic; first for Wagner Brake Service, then C.M. Booth Motor Company, and later, Automobile Sales Company in Memphis. It was during this time that he met fellow Automobile Sales employees Luther Perkins and Roy Cash, Sr., older brother of Johnny Cash. When the younger Cash returned to Memphis after serving in the U.S. Air Force
, Grant, Perkins and Cash began playing together as three rhythm guitarists
, along with another Automobile Sales co-worker and steel guitar player, A.W. "Red" Kernodle. Grant is a self-taught musician, and learned to play the bass after... Read More