Doc Williams RIP

02/04/2011
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(Gibson) Bandleader and country recording artist Doc Williams passed away on Monday, February 1 at his home in Wheeling, West Virginia. He was 96 years old.

Country Music Hall of Famer Whisperin' Bill Anderson told Nashville's Tennessean newspaper that Williams "was kind of the Roy Acuff of the Wheeling show, and that WWVA radio signal beamed way up in the northeast, up into Canada, so he was quite well-known in those areas."

Williams started out in radio in Cleveland in 1932 on The Barn Busters. He began to use the stage name Doc Williams in 1936 and called his band the Border Riders. The next year they joined the Wheeling Jamboree on powerful radio station WWVA. Williams, along with his wife Chickie Williams, became legends at the station where he stayed until he retired in 2003. more on this story

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