Boxcar Willie Similar Artists

Hank Locklin - 100% 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

Bill Anderson - 88% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Faron Young - 85% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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25 February 1932, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA, d. 10 December 1996, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Young was raised on the farm his father bought just outside Shreveport and learned to play the guitar and sing country songs as a boy. Greatly influenced by Hank Williams (in his early days he was something of a soundalike) and while still at school, he formed a country band and beg Read more

Dave Dudley - 83% 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

Moe Bandy - 80% 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

Ferlin Husky - 77% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
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

Leroy Van Dyke - 74% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s
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Leroy Frank Van Dyke, 4 October 1929, Spring Fork, Missouri, USA. Besides working on the family farm, Van Dyke learnt the guitar and sang country songs. He gained a degree in agriculture from the University of Missouri, and then worked as a farm reporter and also trained as an auctioneer. Van Dyke worked for army intelligence during the Korean War and because he entertained Read more

Porter Wagoner - 72% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass Folk
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 August 1927, West Plains, Howell County, Missouri, USA, d. 28 October 2007, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Wagoner grew up listening to country music on the radio, particularly the weekly Grand Ole Opry broadcasts. He learned to play the guitar at the age of 10 and, owing to his father’s illness, his education was curtailed in order that he could help with the farm work. Read more

Jimmy Dean - 65% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
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

Jeannie C. Riley - 62% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Comedy Country & Bluegrass R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Jeannie Carolyn Stephenson, 19 October 1944, Anson, Texas, USA. Stephenson wanted to be a country singer, and after marrying her childhood sweetheart, Mickey Riley, she persuaded him to move to Nashville. He worked in a filling station, while she became a secretary on Music Row for music publisher Jerry Chesnut. She also recorded demo records for his writers and her voice ap Read more

Charley Pride - 58% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal 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

Don Gibson - 58% 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

Bobby Bare - 57% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Robert Joseph Bare, 7 April 1935, Ironton, Ohio, USA. Bare was raised on a farm; his mother died when he was five, and his sister was adopted. As an adolescent, he dreamed of being Hank Williams: ‘then Hank died and I didn’t want to be like him no more’. Nevertheless, he started songwriting and secured an early morning radio spot, and later worked on televisio Read more

Mickey Gilley - 57% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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9 March 1936, Natchez, Louisiana, USA, but raised in Ferriday, Louisiana. Gilley is a cousin to Jerry Lee Lewis and the evangelist Jimmy Swaggart. He grew up with his cousins and his mother, a waitress, who saved her money to buy him a piano when he was 12 years old. Gilley left Louisiana when he was 17 and started working in bars in Houston. His first record was ‘Tell Read more

Conway Twitty - 56% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Harold Lloyd Jenkins, 1 September 1933, Friars Point, Mississippi, USA, d. 5 June 1993, Springfield, Missouri, USA. His father, a riverboat pilot, named him after a silent-film comedian and gave him a guitar when he was five years old. The family moved to Helena, Arkansas, and Twitty’s schoolboy friends - Jack Nance, Joe E. Lewis and John Hughey - have since played in h Read more


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