Whatever Happened To Boxcar Willie?
Lecil Travis Martin was born in Sterritt, Texas in 1931.
Wait a minute. Who??
Oh, sorry, I meant Boxcar Willie. You see, he started out in life as little Lecil Travis Martin. But to millions of fans across the country and around the world, he was ol’ Boxcar Willie.
So how many huge #1 hit singles did Boxcar Willie have?
Ok, but how many Top Ten smashes?
Uh, well, zero.
You see the history of country music isn’t all about #1′s or signature hits or how many albums you sold. Oh, that’s part of it of course. But only a part.
Now, Boxcar Willie was one fine country singer, as evidenced in the video here of him doing the all-time classic country hit ‘Wreck Of The Old 97′. But Boxcar Willie didn’t live at the top of the country music charts. Nope.
Boxcar Willie lived smack dab in the middle of the heart’s of all of us who loved him, his music, his stage presence, his persona.
You couldn’t look at and listen to Boxcar Willie without smiling. Your smile was a part of his life.
So whatever happened to Boxcar Willie?
Well, he was diagnosed with leukemia in 1996 and passed away in 1999 at the age of 67.
By the way, if you’re ever around the Red Oak, Texas area, you might just drive on the Boxcar Willie memorial Overpass.