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Bill Carter
Born:  December 11, 1929
Hoffman Hayride
KBOX Modesto, CA
KPIX San Francisco, CA
KREO Indio, CA

Bill Carter was a native of Eagleton, Arkansas, but his family moved to Broken Bow, Oklahoma when he was eight years old. In 1943, the Carter family, (who were a farming family) moved out west to California to the town of Idaho, which was where Bill got his start as a professional singer.

He got his first how over station KREO, where he performed until entering the U.S. Air Force in 1950. Even while in the service, he managed to keep up his singing while stationed in San Antonio, Texas.

1952 saw him transferred to a military base near the Bay area in northern California. There, he met up with folks such as Cottonseed Clark and Big Jim De Noon. When he was discharged in 1953, he had a recording contract with the 4 Star label. He also appeared a few times on Cottonseed Clark's television show called "The Hoffman Hayride".

Credits & Sources

  • Cowboy Songs No. 39 (February 1955); American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT.

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Recordings
 
4 Star
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  X-91 A Making Believe
  X-91 B More Than A Man Can Stand
 
Black Jack
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  105 A Baby Brother
  105 B Ride Gunman Ride
 
Challenge
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  59067 A Little Lover
  59067 B Summit Ridge Drive
 
D
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  1183 A Shot Four Times And Dy'in
  1183 A Shot Four Times And Dyin'
  1183 B Stranger Shake Hands With A Fool
  1183 B Stranger, Shake Hands With A Fool
 
Honee-B
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  EP 103 A Stowaway
  EP 103 B Seven Years
  EP 103 C Half Hour Till Sundown
  EP 103 D Ramblin' Fever
 
MGM
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  13026 A Shot Four Times And Dy'in
  13026 B Stranger Shake Hands With A Fool
 
Ozark
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  1234 A Cool Tom Cat
  1234 B Secret Date
 
Republic
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  7126 A By The Sweat Of My Brow
  7126 B You Ain't Got My Address
 
Rural Rhythm
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  EP 516 A Amazing Grace
  EP 516 B When God Dips His Love In My Heart
  EP 516 C This World Is Not My Home
  EP 516 D Where We Never Grow Old
  EP 526 A Cross Road
  EP 526 B Good Lord To Keep Me Happy
  EP 526 C Won't You Go There With Me
  EP 526 D Full Time Religion
  EP 526 E Thank You Dear Lord
  EP 526 F Only A Tramp On The Street
 
Showboat
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  1504 A Pony Express
  1504 B You'll Never Know
 
Tally
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  111 A I Wanna Feel Good
  111 B I Knew Her When
  112 A Too Used To Being With You
  112 B I Used To Love You


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