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Whatever Happened To Billy Walker?

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He came out of Ralls, Texas, born in 1929.  He became a mainstay in country music history.

His name was Billy Walker.

He began his professional music career in 1947 at the age of 18, and within a couple years Hank Thompson had helped him sign with Capital Records.

By the way, in the early 1950′s his manager had Billy wear a Lone Ranger style mask and tour Texas as The Traveling Texan, the Masked Singer of Country Songs.  Thankfully for us, that didn’t last too long.

Billy tried his hand at rock and roll, but in 1959 he moved to Nashville and joined the Grand Ole Opry in1960.  Billy was among the first artist’s to record song’s written by a young songwriter by the name of…Willie Nelson.

But it was 1962 that Billy Walker had his first #1 hit and what would become something of a signature song for him ‘Charlie’s Shoes’.  ‘Cross The Brazos At Waco’ became another hit in 1964.  In fact, Billy had well over a dozen Top Ten country hits through the 1960′s.  His last Top 10 hit came in 1972, ‘Sing Me A Love Song To Baby’.

So whatever happened to Billy Walker?

Well, Billy continued to tour and, as I mentioned, was a mainstay at the Grand Old Opry until shortly before his death in a van accident after a performance in Foley, Alabama May 21, 2006.

Billy Walker was 77.

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