Billy Walker sings “Charlie’s Shoes”
William Marvin Walker, more commonly known as Billy Walker, was born on January 14th, 1929, in Ralls, Texas. During his career he was given the nickname “The Tall Texan” and is best known for his song “Charlie’s Shoes” that became a hit in 1962. Throughout his career, Walker charted over 30 records and had a career lasting nearly 60 years.
At a young age, Walker’s mother passed leaving his father unable to care for himself and his two older brothers. The siblings were placed in an orphanage and grew up in Waco, Texas. When Billy was in high school, he won a talent competition that gave him an opportunity to perform on a local radio station. His professional music career began in 1947 at the age of 18. Walker signed a record deal with Columbia records with the help of Hank Thompson who knew Billy from Waco.
After trying his hand in Rock N’ Roll music, Walker moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue the Country genre. One year after his move in 1959, he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. In 1962, he topped the charts with his singular number one hit, “Charlie’s Shoes.” In the 1960’s, Walker hosted a syndicated television program called “Billy Walker’s Country Carnival.” Over the course of is career, Walker was signed to Columbia, Monument, MGM, RCA, and EMH record companies.
Walker was scheduled to perform The Opry with Porter Wagoner, Terri Clark, and others just two days after he passed on May 21, 2006 at the age of seventy-seven. If you’d like to learn more about Billy Walker, please visit https://www.billywalker.com/site/biography/.