Boxcar Willie

About Boxcar Willie

After an 11-year stint as an air force pilot and work as a disc jockey in Boise, Idaho, Lecil Martin belatedly launched a singing career in 1975 under the name of Boxcar Willie. In 1982, at the age of 51, he finally found success on the US country charts via a revival of Johnny Cash’s "Bad News." Among his subsequent hits were versions of country classics such as "Wabash Cannonball," "Wreck of the Old 97," "Kaw-Liga," and a duet of "We Made Memories" with Penny DeHaven. While his star quickly faded in the U.S., Boxcar retained his vast popularity in Europe. He died of leukemia in April 1999.

Ovilla, TX, United States
September 1, 1931
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