His real name was William Dixon Hilton and he was born in Saskatchewan,
Canada. His boyhood was spent on his dad's farm and he was strumming the uke
when he was just eight years old. One day, his dad gave him four dollars
and with that, he got his first guitar. About the time Dixie Bill began
making a name for himself, Wilf Carter was winning a lot of fans with
his yodeling and singing. Dixie Bill began entering some contests and doing
Wilf Carter songs and winning those contests.
When he was 16, he was at radio station CKBI (CKIB?) in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.
Then later, he moved to Victoria, British Columbia. World War II intervened
and he served a five-year stint with the Royal Canadian Air Force.
When Dixie Bill got out of the service, he formed his own band/group, called
the 'Calgary Range Riders' and was based in Calgary, Alberta, the home of the
legendardy 'Calgary Stampede'.
He wrote all of his songs and recorded on the Aragon label and had over 200
songs in his library. In 1953, he was at radio station CFOR out of Orillia,
Ontario in Canada. They had also started appearing on the two hour broadcast
of the "Radio Jamboree" that aired over CFOR, in which a half-hour of the program
was aired over the Dominion Network in Canada on Saturday nights.
Timeline & Trivia Notes
- Dixie Bill Hilton, lead singer
- Murray Dunlop, bass
- Al Koochin, Spanish guitar
- Lucky Ambo, fiddle
- Don Thompson, steel guitar
- Tiny Stoltz, accordion
Credits & Sources
- Cowboy Songs No.32; March-April 1954, American Folk Publications, Inc.;
- Country Song Roundup; No. 20; October 1952; American Folk Publications, Inc.;