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Cheesecake
05-21-2006, 09:06 PM
Billy Walker of Nashville fame, and his wife and a couple others, died in a car crash today as they were heading back from Alabama to Tennessee.

Very very sad.

He was 77.

deb_803
05-21-2006, 10:59 PM
Billy Walker of Nashville fame, and his wife and a couple others, died in a car crash today as they were heading back from Alabama to Tennessee.

Very very sad.

He was 77.

Oh no, thanks for posting this Cheesecake. I didn't know that. This is so sad.:(

PUMPKIN
05-21-2006, 11:27 PM
Billy Walker of Nashville fame, and his wife and a couple others, died in a car crash today as they were heading back from Alabama to Tennessee.

Very very sad.

He was 77.

CHEESECAKE THANKS FOR POSTING THIS. WE HAVE LOST ANOTHER GREAT SINGER. GOD BE WITH THEIR FAMILIES.:mad:

VBeason
05-22-2006, 06:39 AM
We've lost another great one. so sad. Thanks for letting us know.

Vickie

Blaze2
05-22-2006, 07:17 AM
FT. DEPOSIT, Ala. May 21, 2006 (AP) Billy Walker, the Grand Ole Opry legend whose hits included "Charlie's Shoes" and "Cross the Brazos at Waco," died in a wreck along an Alabama interstate on Sunday. He was 77.

Walker was killed along with his wife and two of his band members when a van they were riding in ran off Interstate 65 south of Montgomery and overturned, state troopers said.

Killed in the wreck were Bettie Walker, 61; and Charles Lilly Jr. 44, both of Hendersonville, Tenn., and Daniel Patton Sr., 40, of Hermitage, Tenn.

Walker's grandson, Joshua Brooks, 21, also of Hendersonville, was injured in the accident. He remains in critical condition at an Alabama hospital, officials said.

The group was on their way back to the Nashville area after performing at a show near Gulf Shores, according to Tom Bowers, manager of the Hendersonville Funeral Home.

Bowers said family members have contacted the funeral home, which will be conducting services for the Walkers.

According to the Opry's Web site, Billy Walker was born in Ralls, Texas, and built an early career as the "Traveling Texan, the Masked Singer of Country Songs" and later shared the stage with Elvis Presley.

Walker joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1960 and was known as one of the show's most outgoing and personable performers.

"He couldn't have been more supportive," Brad Paisley told The Tennessean newspaper. The musician was introduced by Walker for his first appearance on the Opry in May 1999.

"I remember that he came to my first gold-record party, and I'll always remember his charismatic presence when he was on stage," he said.

Bettie Walker booked shows for her husband and other Opry artists. "I've never known someone as good at organizing things as Bettie," said Opry member Jeannie Seely, a family friend.

Walker's road shows usually involved Lilly on bass and Patton on lead guitar. The two band members also sang harmonies with Walker.
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=1988722&CMP=OTC-RSSFeeds0312

CLUCKINGHEN
05-22-2006, 07:32 AM
Thats so sad. "Across the Brazos at Waco" was one of my dads favorite songs. We used to sing it all the time

PatiCake101
05-22-2006, 07:44 AM
That is so sad....he performed at the Opry when we were there in April. So sad. :(

Don D
05-22-2006, 09:32 AM
Not only a good entertainer, also a very nice person. a big void in the country music world.

Blaze2
05-22-2006, 10:23 AM
Not only a good entertainer, also a very nice person. a big void in the country music world.

Amazing you said that, Don. We were backstage at the Orpy a few years ago. Billy Walker was one of the first people we met, and he was so nice!

The Opry entertainers back stage are happy and fun and nice to everyone.
....and of course they had no clue who we were, could have been media
for all they knew!
Mr Acuff was still living then, so this tells one how long ago it's been!
I just had to tell him how much my (now deceased Dad) loved
"Wabash Cannonball". He told us how good the song had been to him!
Mr Acuff passed less than two years after our visit.
We can also tell ya who wasn't socialbel at all too!

The GOP will miss Billy Walker, his light shined brightly over the Opry stage!

engel
05-22-2006, 01:06 PM
Okay, I'll ask: Who wasn't sociable??????

lostarm
05-22-2006, 08:43 PM
thanks for info

Linnatx
06-17-2007, 01:15 PM
Thanks for letting us know. So sad, and the Country Music world has lost another great legend. Our prayers will be for his family and those that were with him.

Cheesecake
06-17-2007, 04:24 PM
Yup that was sad...I hope now, a year later, his family and friends have come to grips with his passing.

When I saw this, I thought about the song "Cowboy Heaven''.....so many up there.

Gosh, it's hard to believe this thread is a year old..time sure flies.