Guy Hovis has one of the more recognizable faces in America. He has been on national television for more than forty years beginning with the Art Linkletter’s House Party Show on CBS in 1967. He has recorded fifteen albums, has been nominated as artist and producer of the year by the Gospel Music Association, and is a member of the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. Throughout his career Guy has appeared on many celebrity game shows, in numerous commercials and on national telethons for various charities. Hovis is best known, however, for the forty plus years he has been a regular member of the Lawrence Welk Television Show which is still aired on 280 public television stations with a weekly viewing audience of over 3 million.
Born and raised in Tupelo, Mississippi, Guy Lee Hovis, Jr. is the son of
one of the 50 original members of the Mississippi State Highway Patrol and a
mother who was a secretary, housewife and the “best cook in the world.” Guy
was singing in church at the age of five and, as he grew older, performed in
school musical productions and sang at weddings and for local civic clubs.
After graduating from the University of Mississippi with a degree in accounting,
Guy went to work for one of the top national accounting firms until a military
commitment, made while in R.O.T.C. in college, sent Lt. Hovis off to the Army.
He served as an instructor in the Artillery Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill,
Oklahoma during the Viet Nam buildup and also went through paratrooper school
at Ft. Benning, Georgia. During his last few months in the Army, Guy entered
and won a talent show. Consequently, he was chosen to serve as a performer and
officer in charge for a six-week tour of the 4th Army bases. On this tour Guy got
a full taste of show business and he liked it!
When his two-year army commitment ended, Guy went back to college for a
master’s degree and to study for the CPA exam. One semester later, Guy decided
he had to try to break into the music business in Hollywood. A friend told him
about The Horn, a nightclub in Santa Monica where aspiring performers could
showcase their talent. There Guy met and befriended another singer, David
Blaylock, who eventually would become his singing partner. He was discovered
at The Horn by the producer of the Art Linkletter House Party Show on CBS and
he made a dozen appearances on House Party during 1967. When he was not
able to get anything going from his appearances on the Linkletter Show, Guy
teamed up with this friend, David to form the team of Guy & David. During the
next two years, the duo recorded an album for ABC Records, appeared on television shows and in nightclubs throughout the country, and did a concert tour
with Sergio Mendez and Brazil 66.
Guy also met another talented singer at The Horn, Texas native Ralna English, who
would become his wife. Ralna was a regular on the Lawrence Welk Television
Show by the late 1960’s, and when Guy & David split up, Ralna asked Mr. Welk
to let Guy sing a duet with her on the annual Christmas show. Guy and Ralna
were an instant hit, Guy was invited to join the Welk musical family and the
husband and wife team became the most popular act to appear on The Lawrence
Welk Show since the Lennon Sisters.
Although Guy and Ralna continue to perform together, their marriage ended in
1984. Guy moved to Mississippi in 1990 to become the director of state offices
for his lifelong friend Senator Trent Lott. Now retired from his job with the
U. S. Senate, Guy continues to record, participates in Lawrence Welk Show
television specials for PBS, and keeps an active concert schedule, both solo and
In 2005 Guy performed “Let The Eagle Soar”, from his “One Nation Under God”
CD, at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony in Washington, DC. He was also
one of the stars of “Mississippi Rising”, a nationwide television special that raised
millions of dollars for Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts in Mississippi. Guy has
earned awards, through his charitable work, from The American Cancer Society,
The March of Dimes, and Childhelp USA. He was once voted “Volunteer of the
Year” for his work in the Jackson, Mississippi metro community. He has also
received acclaim for his work with military veterans and their families during
Operations Desert Shield/ Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom.
Guy is married to Sarah “Sis” Lundy, and they live in the Jackson, Mississippi area.
His favorite pastimes are playing golf, fishing, and gardening. The couple has
three children and three grandchildren.