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 Bob King

Bob King

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Death 26 Jan 1989
Burial Orleans, Ottawa Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Memorial ID 10142506 · View Source
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Musician, Songwriter. Born in Joyceville, Ontario, and moved to Ottawa with his mother in the late 1930s. With the support of his stepfather, Bob mastered the guitar as a teen and, with two friends, now known as the "Country Cousins," entered and won numerous amateur contests. The decision to become a fulltime country music entertainer was made at age 16, and a subsequent solo competition saw him win first place over another aspiring singer, Paul Anka. Ottawa DJ, "Long John" Corrigan, arranged a guest spot with Mac Beattie and the legendary Ottawa Valley Melodiers. In 1954, Bob's recording of "Laurel Lee" sold over 40,000 copies. At the same time, he was invited to become a member of Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper's Clinch Mountain Clan, and performed with them on a daily radio show in West Virginia. He also toured with Doc Williams and Hawkshaw Hawkins, and performed with the legendary Elvis Presley in Norfolk, Virginia. Returning to Canada, Bob joined the Wilf Carter Show and then, at the request of Ken Reynolds, became a founding member, with "Papa" Joe Brown and fiddler Ward Allen, of the CFRA Happy Wanderers. With this group, he performed on thousands of live radio shows and a total of 59 television shows, and made uncountable personal appearances. Moving from RCA to Rodeo Records, Bob went to record 13 albums and release 40 singles. He also encouraged and concentrated on his wife Marie's singing career, becoming her manager and producer. Bob also co-wrote with Tommy James the song "Draggin' the Line" made famous by Tommy James & the Shondells. He leaves his wife Marie and his four children Robert, Christine, Daniel and Carole. Cause of death: Cancer Bio used with permission by "Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall Of Fame"


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Bob King (6 Jan 1934–26 Jan 1989), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10142506, citing Cimetière Saint Joseph d'Orléans, Orleans, Ottawa Municipality, Ontario, Canada ; Maintained by Find A Grave .