William “Casey Bill” Weldon


William “Casey Bill” Weldon

Death 28 Sep 1972 (aged 71)
Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas, USA
Burial Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 155592176 View Source
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Blues musician: Slide guitar.

Known as the "Hawaiian Guitar Wizard," Weldon exhibited a range of material encompassing rag, hokum, and blues, though the majority of his more than 100 recorded songs are considered blues.

His nickname "Casey Bill" was derived from a reference to "K.C." as Casey that was in use in the '30s.

He was married to the singer and guitarist Memphis Minnie in the 1920s. After his divorce from Memphis Minnie, he married the blues singer Geeshie Wiley. (She may have been born Lillie Mae Boone (November 14, 1908–July 29, 1950), later Lillie Mae Scott.) They disappeared from the public eye soon after, and he had stopped recording by 1938.

Apparently the William Weldon in 1940 living in Chicago at 445 East 41st St., age 39, born Kansas, wife Lorietta age 27 born Arkansas, his occupation: Musician/Band.

SSDI shows birth 8 February 1901; death September 1972; last residence Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas where it is presumed he died.

Alternate unsubstantiated reports of his birth place are Pine Bluff, Jefferson Co., Arkansas; Plumerville, Conway Co., Arkansas; Chanute, Kansas and others he claimed. Other reported birth dates: 2 February 1901, 10 July 1909. An alternate legal name he reportedly used was Nathan Hammond, possibly others.

Grave reportedly near Charlie Parker.


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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William “Casey Bill” Weldon (8 Feb 1901–28 Sep 1972), Find a Grave Memorial ID 155592176, citing Lincoln Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Neal Underwood (contributor 47580240) .