Country Artist Doc Williams Passes Away At 96
February 1, 2011 at 6:35 AM (PT)
Country artist DOC WILLIAMS has passed away in WHEELING, WV at the age of 96 YESTERDAY (1/31). WILLIAMS starred for decades on WHEELING, WV’s WWVA JAMBOREE. He joined the JAMBOREE, which later became known as JAMBOREE USA, in 1937. The show is considered the second longest-running live Country music radio show, behind NASHVILLE’s GRAND OLE OPRY and WILLIAMS was the JAMBOREE’s longest-tenured performer.
“In the 1970s, I was reorganizing my band and was looking for some musicians,” Country legend BILL ANDERSON said. “Someone told me DOC had a young guy working for him who was versatile and might be interested in moving to NASHVILLE, so I got hold of DOC’s schedule and went to see him. I went to a little town, I mean a tiny little town, called ROSCOE, N.Y., and I bought a ticket to DOC’s show. He was playing some high school auditorium, and it was a cold winter night, but the place was absolutely packed. People were hanging from the rafters. I thought, ‘I wonder how many GRAND OLE OPRY stars could come to ROSCOE, N.Y. and draw this kind of crowd?
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