Beach, Fred

Country Fiddle Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboy

Born: 1916 Died: June 1994

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Freddy Beach (Fiddle): Born: 1/16/16 Leakesville, Miss. Died: 5/31/94 Mobile, AL.

Bio:Before Joining the Cowboys Freddy had toured with Curly Fox & Texas Ruby and worked as a traveling evangelist.

He met Hank in Montgomery, AL. Freddy & Dad Crysel organized a talent show that Hank appeared on in '37 or '38. Freddy became a member of the Cowboys in 1938.

Source: http://www.angelfire.com/ny3/thedriftingcowboys/bios.html

Hank Williams' successful radio show fueled his entrance to a music career. His generous salary was enough for him to start his own band, which he dubbed the Drifting Cowboys. The original members of the band were guitarist Braxton Schuffert, fiddler Freddie Beach, and comic Smith "Hezzy" Adair. James E. (Jimmy) Porter was the youngest Drifting Cowboy, being only 13 when he started playing steel guitar for Hank. Arthor Whiting was also a guitarist for The Drifting Cowboys. The Drifting Cowboys traveled throughout central and southern Alabama, performing in clubs and at private parties. Hank dropped out of school in October, 1939, so that the Drifting Cowboys could work full time. James Ellis Garner later played fiddle for him......

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hank_Williams

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