Lloyd Coles, band member, promoter, journalist , record complier, broadcaster passed away over Christmas 2016. Lloyd started in country music in the 70's forming the band Country Folk playing the clubs and pubs in the Valleys of South Wales. It was the chance to back touring American artist Brian Burrows that gave him wide exposure including playing in the largest London clubs. Later he also played in both Black Rose and the Blue lights country bands. When local radio stations were licensed part of their contract was to have all types of music. Swansea Sound needed a country jock Lloyd applied and got the gig and for the next 40 years he broadcast a weekly country show. Despite a 120 mile round trip Lloyd never missed a show recording those when he was away. At one time he co-ordinated trip to Nashville for his listeners with a tour company. Lloyd was the 1998 International Broadcaster at the CMA awards.
As a promoter he used to put on shows the biggest act was spending £5000 to bring Boxcar Willie to the Valleys. Lloyd Coles was Treasurer/Secretary to the short lived British Country Broadcasters Association with Hall of Fame member Kelvin Henderson, backed by CMA and sponsored by Ritz records.
Lloyd was inducted into the British Country Music Hall of Fame 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.