Loyd Coles Lloyd has been involved in Country music for the last 50 years. First a band member, later becoming the band leader with Welsh bands around Swansea and the valleys of South Wales, starting in a band called Country Folk backing touring artists like Brian Burrows, culminating in the largest club in London. The other bands were Black Rose and the Blue Lights Band.
Together with Hall of Fame member, Kelvin Henderson and others, supported by Ritz Records and the CMA, Lloyd became secretary of the British Country Broadcasters Association.
He is a long time member of the CMA.
Lloyd Coles, band member, promoter, journalist, record complier and broadcaster, passed away over Christmas 2016.
When local radio stations were licenced, part of their contract was to have all types of music . Swansea Sound needed a Country jock and Lloyd applied and got the gig.
For the next 40 years he broadcast a weekly Country show and despite a 120 mile round trip Lloyd never missed a show, also recording those when he was away.
At one time he co-ordinated a trip to Nashville for his listeners with a tour company. Lloyd was award the 1998 International Broadcaster at the CMA awards.
As a promoter he used to put on shows, the biggest of which was spending £5,000 to bring Boxcar Willie to the valleys. Lloyd Coles was treasurer and secretary to the short
lived British Country Broadcasters Association with Hall of Fame member Kelvin Henderson, backed by the CMA and sponsored by Ritz records.
Lloyd was the 35th member to be inducted into the British Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015. His health prevented him attending and his honour was accepted by fellow Hall member, Tony Byworth.
We extend our sympathy to his wife Jenny and his family and friends.
Jim Duncan, Curator Hall of Fame.