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Boxcar Willie
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    (September 1, 1931-April 12, 1999)
    Born in Red Oak (near Ovilla), Texas
    Birth name is Lecil Travis Martin
    Nicknamed ‘The World’s Favorite Hobo’
    Served in the United States Air Force (1949–19??)
    Singles include ‘Boxcar Willie,’ ‘Train Medley,’ ‘Bad News,’ ‘Lonesome Whistle,’ ‘Wabash Cannonball,’ ‘Thru a Boxcar Door’ and ‘Hobo ’Til I Die’
    Albums include ‘King of the Road,’ ‘Train Songs,’ ‘Jesus Makes Housecalls,’ ‘Daddy Was a Railroad Man,’ ‘Waiting for a Train’ and numerous ‘Best of’ collections
    34 Gold album designations, five Platinum album designations
    60th Grand Ole Opry inductee (1981)
    Based in Branson, Missouri (1985–1999)
    Died of leukemia in Branson, Missouri at age 67
    Uh… Lecil?
    His childhood home was only a few feet from a railroad. (Wonder how they slept?)
    He never worked on the railroads, though his father did.
    He was constantly running away from home just to ride on the trains.
    One of his earliest compositions (‘Golf On The Moon’) netted him a mere $88.
    Zamfir was a fan.
    He made only one appearance in the country Top 40 (‘Bad News’).
    His inspiration for his handle came from a vagabond who resembled the boom operator (‘there goes Willie’).
    He could imitate a train whistle.
    His big break came when he was called to fill in for a sick George Jones.
    He received a standing ovation for a performance at the International Country Music Festival at Wembley (1979).
    Once he settled in Branson, he opened a theater, a museum and two motels.
    As an early alumnus, he was instrumental in helping future Branson acts learn the ropes.
    He was posthumously honored at a Veterans Day celebration show spearheaded by Tony Orlando.
    The overpass in his hometown, at Interstate 35-E and Farm to Market Road, was renamed in his honor.

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