b. Alvin Samples, 10 August 1926, Cumming, Georgia, USA, d. 13 November 1983, Cumming, Georgia, USA. Samples had worked for most of his life in a sawmill, when he became an unexpected star. Weighing in at well over 20 stone, he revelled in being called the ‘world’s biggest liar’ - a title he acquired from relating what some termed ‘hilarious’ tales. One such story brought him to the attention of Chart Records and he scored a minor country hit in 1967 with ‘World’s Biggest Whopper’. He subsequently recorded a solo album and one with fellow comedian Archie Campbell. This record success saw him become a member of Hee Haw even though, in the words of Bill C. Malone, ‘he was at the time a natural but semi-literate rural comedian with virtually no professional experience’. Samples died suddenly following a heart attack at his home in 1983.
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