Boxcar Willie Similar Artists

George Hamilton IV - 100% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s
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Ferlin Husky - 67% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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3 December 1925, on a farm near Flat River, Missouri, USA. Husky learned to play guitar as a child and during World War II served in the US Merchant Navy. His mother wanted him to be a preacher and his father a farmer, but after discharge, he found radio work as an announcer and disc jockey but gradually turned to performing while at KXLW St. Louis. In the late 40s he moved Read more

Billie Jo Spears - 66% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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14 January 1937, Beaumont, Texas, USA. Discovered by songwriter Jack Rhodes, Spears’ first record, as Billie Jo Moore, ‘Too Old For Toys, Too Young For Boys’, earned her $4, 200 at the age of 15. Despite appearances on The Louisiana Hayride, she did not record regularly until she signed with United Artists Records in 1964. Following her producer, Kelso Herston Read more

Moe Bandy - 63% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Marion Bandy, 12 February 1944, Meridian, Mississippi, USA. Bandy was nicknamed Moe by his father when a child in the home town of the legendary Jimmie Rodgers, so it is perhaps not surprising that he grew up to be a country singer. He later stated: ‘My grandfather worked on the railroads with Jimmie Rodgers. He was the boss of the railway yard in Meridian and Jimmie Ro Read more

Dave Dudley - 58% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Darwin David Pedruska, 3 May 1928, Spencer, Wisconsin, USA, d. 22 December 2003, Danbury, Wisconsin, USA. In 1950, after an arm injury had ruined a baseball career, Dudley turned to performing country music. Following successful broadcasts in Idaho, he formed the Dave Dudley Trio in 1953. In 1960, Dudley was struck by a car while packing equipment, and spent several months i Read more

Charley Pride - 57% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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18 March 1938, Sledge, Mississippi, USA. Charley Pride was born on a cotton farm, which, as a result of his success, he was later able to purchase. Pride says, ‘My dad named me Charl Frank Pride, but I was born in the country and the midwife wrote it down as Charley’. Harold Dorman, who wrote and recorded ‘Mountain of Love’, also hails from Sledge and wro Read more

Jimmy Dean - 52% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Seth Ward, 10 August 1928, near Plainview, Texas, USA. Dean’s mother, who was the family’s only provider, ran a barbershop and as a boy, he picked cotton and worked on local farms. His mother taught him to play the piano when he was 10 years old and he taught himself guitar, accordion and harmonica as soon as he had access to the instruments. At 16, he began to stu Read more

Johnny Russell - 51% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s
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John Bright Russell, 23 January 1940, Sunflower County, Mississippi, USA, d. 3 July 2001, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. This hefty Nashville songwriter weighed in at 25 stone, and was fond of remarking that he carried ‘a lot of weight in this town.’ His songs were recorded by artists such as Del Reeves, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Patti Page, and Bobby V Read more

Barbara Fairchild - 38% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 November 1950, Knobel, Arkansas, USA. Fairchild was raised on a farm and was entertaining at every opportunity. The family moved to St. Louis when she was 12 years old and she was soon recording for the local Norman label and working on television. In 1968 she moved to Nashville to further her career and among her early singles is ‘Remember The Alimony’ for Kapp Read more

Cal Smith - 38% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Calvin Grant Shofner, 7 April 1932, Gans, Oklahoma, USA. The Shofner family moved to California, where Calvin met the rodeo-rider Todd Mason, becoming his stooge for knife and bullwhip tricks. Mason taught him how to play the guitar and at the age of 15 he was a vocalist with the San Francisco country band Kitty Dibble And Her Dude Ranch Wranglers. After military service, he Read more

Don Gibson - 37% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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3 April 1928, Shelby, North Carolina, USA, d. 17 November 2003, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. If loneliness meant world acclaim, then Gibson, with his catalogue of songs about despair and heartbreak, should have been a superstar. Considering himself ‘a songwriter who sings rather than a singer who writes songs’, Gibson is best remembered as the author of three standar Read more

Del Reeves - 36% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Franklin Delano Reeves, 14 July 1932, Sparta, North Carolina, USA, d. 1 January 2007, Centerville, Tennessee, USA. A singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who had his own radio show at the age of 12, Reeves moved to California, where by the late 50s, he had his own television show. He first charted in 1961 with ‘Be Quiet Mind’ on Decca Records, but in 1965, h Read more

Hank Snow - 36% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Clarence Eugene Snow, 9 May 1914, Brooklyn, near Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada, d. 20 December 1999, Madison, Tennessee, USA. After his parents divorced when he was eight years old, Snow spent four unhappy years with his grandmother, finally running away to rejoin his mother when she remarried. However, he was cruelly mistreated by his stepfather, which prompted him to absc Read more

Hank Locklin - 34% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lawrence Hankins Locklin, 15 February 1918, McLellan, Florida. d. 9 March 2009, Brewton, Alabama. A farm boy, Locklin worked in the cotton fields as a child and on the roads during the Depression of the 30s. He learned to play the guitar at the age of 10 and was soon performing on local radio and at dances. His professional career started in 1938 and after an interruption fo Read more

Claude King - 33% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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5 February 1923, on a farm near Keithville, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA. His date of birth has, since 1961, frequently been cited incorrectly owing to promotional material released by his then manager, Tillman Franks, who at the time thought it tactful to lose a decade from his new client’s age. King showed an early interest in music and was a proficient guitarist by the Read more


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