After 41 years, legends reunite on WOPP

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 9, 2014

Lamar Morris and George Wallace Jr. played live on WOPP Friday morning.                   Kendra BollingStar-News

Lamar Morris and George Wallace Jr. played live on WOPP Friday morning. Kendra Majors/Star-News

It may have been 41 years since Opp’s Lamar Morris and George Wallace Jr. played together on the road with Hank Williams Jr., but one couldn’t tell it yesterday when the pair met up at WOPP in Opp.

The two met years ago while touring with Hank Jr., Morris as the band leader, and George Jr., as an opening act.

WOPP owner Robert Boothe said Friday that both had recently been guests on his show and the timing was right to get them together.

Yesterday, the pair entertained Boothe and WOPP listeners with a little Hank Sr., Jimmy Reed and a whole lot more.

They also reminisced about the days of old.

“It’s just like old times,” Morris said. “It seems like it’s only been a month since we’ve seen each other.”

Wallace Jr., called Morris a legend in country music.

Morris is honored on a mural in Dothan and synonymous with country music, but he’s not quick to stand in the limelight.

“It’s hard for me to believe that I’m up there,” he said. “I don’t know when I’m up there. It’s a great honor.”

Wallace Jr., said one only has to watch Morris’s hands while playing a guitar to understand the notoriety.

“Music is a universal language,” he said.

When Wallace Jr. went on tour in the 1970s, he said he had the opportunity to get to know Hank Jr., well.

“We had a lot in common,” he said. “Especially being the sons of famous men and being juniors.”

Morris’ connection with the Wallaces goes farther than the band days.

While George Wallace Sr., was running for president, Morris shared his music to help raise money for the campaign.

As a special treat, the pair sang “Happy Birthday” to Boothe.

In fact, the pair will play this afternoon at 2 at Rock the Market in Dothan.

The event is held at St. Andrews Market, 193 S. St. Andrews in Dothan.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Children 12 and under are free.