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 Vic Willis

Vic Willis

Original Name John Victor
Birth
Schulter, Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, USA
Death 15 Jan 1995 (aged 72)
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 9234 · View Source
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Country Musician. Born in Oklahoma, he was a singer, accordion, piano player, who together with his brothers James and Charles, formed the Oklahoma Wranglers a band, playing a blend of Western swing and cowboy music. They played on Shawnee, Oklahoma's KGEF radio throughout the 1930s and moved to Kansas City to appear on Brush Street Follies in the early 1940s. In 1946, they joined the Grand Ole Opry, signed on to Sterling Records, and had the distinction of backing Hank Williams on his first recordings. They toured with Eddy Arnold in the 1950s, plus appeared in the films "Feuding Rhythm" and "Hoe Down". The band recorded steadily with in the 1960s, with hits such as Give Me 40 Acres To Turn This Rig Around". In 1964, they returned to the Grand Ole Opry, where they remained until Vic's death at age 73 in a car crash.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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Music, Song, Humor, Wit, Laughter
All... Shared with a Gentle Fun Loving Heart


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 6 May 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9234
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Vic Willis (31 May 1922–15 Jan 1995), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9234, citing Woodlawn Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .