Lou Millet was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His musical career started
a bit later than some people might do in the business, not learning to play
the guitar until he was 16 years old. But, after he learned the guitar, he
soon formed his own band called "The Melody Ramblers". That band stayed
together for about four years and appeared on several radio stations in the
area including WLCS and WJBO as well as WLBR in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.
Lefty Frizzell gave him his first big break and in 1953, he was still
associated with Lefty, by fronting the band during one of Lefty's tours.
Other folks who helped Lou out included Troy Martin
of the Southern Music Company and J. D. Miller of Crowley, Louisiana and
Don Lan of Columbia Records.
Lou was actually with the Standard Oil Company for seven years before getting
into the entertainment business.
On a personal note, Lou was six feet and a half and weighed in around 210 pounds then,
with brown eyes and curly brown hair. Though he was enjoying some success
leading the band with Lefty Frizzell, he still wanted to have his own band
In a Cowboy Songs article, he was quoted as saying:
"If people would just realize that they are ordinary humans and consume
some good old down-to-earth music, like country music, this would be a
better world for all to live in."
Credits & Sources
- Cowboy Songs No.28; September 1953, American Folk Publications, Inc.;