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Doc Williams
and the Border Riders
Born:  June 26, 1914
Died:  January 31, 2011
WWVA Original Jamboree
WWVA Wheeling, WV
WFMD Frederick, MD (1945)

Doc Williams and the Border Riders came onto the music scene in 1937. Cowboy Doc as he was called then had been a member of Billie Walker's Texas Longhorns group, but she had decided to move on to radio station WWL in New Orleans, Louisiana. Doc then decided to form his own band and changed his name at that time to Doc Williams. His real name? You can find that elsewhere on the site.

We'll be adding to the story here as time goes by and we catch up.

Timeline and Trivia Notes

Group members, 1937 (Pittsburgh, PA):

  • Doc Williams
  • Hamliton "Rawhide" Fincher
  • Mary Jane Mosier
  • Cy Williams

Group members, 1937 (Wheeling, WV):

  • Doc Williams
  • Hamilton "Rawhide" Fincher
  • Cy Williams
  • Sunflower (Mary Calvas)
  • Curley Simms

Group members, 1938-40 (Wheeling, WV and Memphis, TN)

  • Doc Williams
  • Curley Simms
  • Cy Williams
  • Froggie Cortez
  • Sunflower (Mary Calvas)

Group members, 1942 (Wheeling, WV):

  • Doc Williams
  • Smokey Davis
  • Jesse Porter
  • Cy Williams
  • Sunflower (Mary Calvas)

Credits & Sources

  • Mountaineer Jamboree, By Ivan Tribe, The University Press of Kentucky, 1984
  • The Simplified By Ear System of Guitar Chords by Doc Williams, Published by Andrew J. Smik, Jr., First printing, June 1943

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June 5, 1954

Oriental, PA
June 16, 1954

Loganville, PA

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  1085 A Broken Memories
  1085 B Snow Deer

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