Al (Porky) Witherow was born to Bob and Pauline Witherow in York, Pennsylvania
back in 1935. Music was a part of his family, for they would listen to the big
country stations back then, WWVA out of Wheeling, West Virginia and WSM in
When he was just four years old, he made his singing debut with his sister Betty,
doing some gospel songs.
in an article noting his passing in 2004, his sister and long time friend noted
his love for music.
"It was a lifetime spent in music, helped along by pipes sent from heaven," according
to his sister Betty who was there when first sang in public. A long time friend,
Antoinette "Toy" Shelton noted, "He could sing before he could speak."
That same article noted the fame he gained. During the Korean war, Bob Hope wanted
Mr. Witherow along to entertain the troops on his numerous USO tours. He worked
with such famed Grand Ole Opry acts as Ernest Tubb, Minnie Pearl, Tex Ritter and
He toured for over twenty years with his band the Travelers and the Country Mystery.
Music was seemingly always a part of his life. He went back to York in 1977 to care
for his parents. He later enjoyed a career as a training manager at the local chain
of Denny's Restaurants in York for over 14 years. In 1997, he retired to Inverness,
but kept entertaining the folks there as well and helping out where he could.
Credits & Sources
- Album screen shot and liner notes courtesy of
Harriet Tuttle from a Buffalo, New York appearance in 1969.
- Citrus County Chronicle; Crystal River, FL; May 16, 2004;
"Voice called home: Alfred "Porky" Witherow"