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Porter Wagoner -- b.8/12/1927 d.10/28/2007 (80)
Variety Show Host, Songwriter, Country Singer
Names/Places: b. in West Plains, MO
Misc: some say b. 1930 or '32; discovered Dolly Parton
Group Names: The Wagonmasters, soloist
Song Titles: Misery Loves Company, The Carroll County Accident, The Cold Hard Facts of Life
TV Shows: The Porter Wagoner Show (1960-80), Ozark Jubilee

Loudon Wainwright III -- b.9/5/1946
TV/Movie Actor, Composer, Songwriter, Novelty Singer, Folk Singer/Guitarist
Misc: Jazz-Folk-Blues
Song Titles: Dead Skunk

Jimmy Wakely -- b.2/16/1914 d.9/23/1982 (68)
Movie Actor, Songwriter, Pianist, Country Singer/Guitarist
Misc: 1940s western films & music man

Wendy Waldman -- b.11/29/1950
Songwriter, Folk Singer

Billy Walker -- b.1/14/1929 d.5/21/2006 (77)
Country Singer
TV Shows: Ozark Jubilee

Charlie Walker -- b.11/2/1926 d.9/12/2008 (81)
Country Performer

Cindy Walker -- b.7/20/1918 d.3/23/2006 (87)
Songwriter, Country Musician
Misc: in the Country Music Hall of Fame

Clay Walker -- b.8/19/1969 N.S.
Country Singer

Ray Walker -- b.3/16/1934
Bass Singer/Basso, Country Singer
Group Names: The Jordanaires

Dale Wallace -- b.11/1/1969
Country Keyboardist
Group Names: Emerson Drive

David Wallace -- b.5/10/1972
Country Musician
Group Names: Cole Deggs and the Lonesome

Jimmy Wallace -- b.6/22/1973
Country Musician

Kate Wallace -- b.3/11/????
Country Performer

Ron Wallace -- b.4/27/????
Country Performer

Charlie Waller -- b.1/19/1935 d.8/18/2004 (69)
Bluegrass Performer
Group Names: Country Gentlemen

Hank Wangford -- b.11/15/1940
Songwriter, Country Singer, English
Names/Places: RN:Sam Hutt

Chris Ward -- b.6/27/1960
Country Performer

Jacky Ward -- b.11/18/1946
Country Performer

Phil Ward -- b.3/5/1959
Actor, Country Performer

Steve Wariner -- b.12/25/1954
Songwriter, Country Singer/Guitarist
Song Titles: All Roads Lead to You, Some Fools Never Learn, You Can Dream of Me, Life's Highway, Small Town Girl, The Weekend, Lynda, Where Did I Go Wrong, I Got Dreams
Album Titles: Burnin' the Roadhouse Down, Two Teardrops

Cheryl K. Warner -- b.4/21/????
Country Performer

Frank Warner -- b.4/5/1903 N.S. d.2/27/1978 N.S. (74)
Songwriter, Banjoist, Folk Singer, American

Brad Warren -- b.12/21/1968
Country Singer

Brett Warren -- b.3/3/1971
Country Singer
Group Names: The Warren Brothers

Cheryl White Warren -- b.1/27/1955
Country Singer

Dale Warren -- b.6/1/1925 d.8/9/2008 (83)
Country Singer
Group Names: Sons of the Pioneers

Desi Wasdin -- b.9/17/1983
Country Singer
Group Names: 3 of Hearts

Lal Waterson -- b.2/15/1943 d.9/4/1998 (55)
Songwriter, Singer, Folk Performer, English

Michael Waterson -- b.1/17/1941 d.6/22/2011 (70)
Writer, Songwriter, Singer, Folk Performer, English

Norma Christine Waterson -- b.8/15/1939
Folk Singer, English
Group Names: The Watersons

Rachel Waterson -- b.4/3/1966
Folk Singer
Group Names: The Watersons

Sara Watkins -- b.6/8/1981
Fiddler, Folk Singer, Bluegrass Performer
Group Names: Nickel Creek

Sean Watkins -- b.2/18/1977
Country Singer/Guitarist
Group Names: Nickel Creek

Dale Watson -- b.10/7/1962
Author, Songwriter, Country Singer/Guitarist

"Doc" Watson -- b.3/2/1923 d.5/29/2012 (89)
Country Singer, Country Guitarist, Folk Singer
Names/Places: RFN:Arthel; Merle's dad
Misc: AP says Mar 3

Gene Watson -- b.10/11/1943
Country Singer
Song Titles: Love in the Hot Afternoon, Fourteen Carat Mind, Farewell Party

Don Wayne -- b.5/30/1933 d.9/12/2011 (78)
Songwriter, Country Musician
Song Titles: Country Bumpkin (penned for Carl Smith's 1974 hit)

Jimmy Wayne -- b.10/23/1972
Songwriter, Country Singer

Jim Weatherly -- b.3/17/1943
Songwriter, Country Singer
Names/Places: RFN:James Dexter

Dean Webb -- b.3/28/1937 N.S. d.6/30/2018 N.S. (81)
Country Mandolin, Bluegrass Performer
Group Names: The Dillards

Jay Lee Webb -- b.2/12/1937 d.7/31/1996 (59)
Songwriter, Country Singer
Names/Places: brother of Crystal Gayle and Loretta Lynn

Peggy Sue Webb -- b.3/24/1943
Songwriter, Country Singer
Names/Places: Crystal Gayle and Loretta Lynn's sister
Misc: some say b. in 1947

Gillian Welch -- b.10/2/1967
Songwriter, Folk Singer

Kevin Welch -- b.8/17/1955
Songwriter, Country Singer/Guitarist

Freddy Weller -- b.9/9/1947
Songwriter, Bassist, Country Singer, Rock & Roll Guitarist
Names/Places: RN: Wilton Frederick Weller; b. in Atlanta, Georgia
Group Names: Paul Revere & the Raiders

Dawn Wells -- b.10/18/1938
Actress, Producer, Country Singer
TV Shows: Gilligan's Island (as Mary Ann Summers)
Movie Titles: Silent But Deadly

Kitty Wells -- b.8/30/1919 d.7/16/2012 (92)
Country Singer, Country Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in Nashville, TN; NN:The Queen Of Country Music; RN:Muriel Deason

E. W. "Bud" Wendell -- b.8/17/1927 N.S. d.1/8/2016 N.S. (88)
Music Executive, Country Figure
Misc: in the Country Music Hall of Fame

Dottie West -- b.10/11/1932 N.S. d.9/4/1991 N.S. (58)
Songwriter, Country Singer
Names/Places: NN:The Country Sunshine; LN:Marsh

Emily West -- b.7/9/1981 N.S.
Country Singer
Song Titles: Blue Sky (with Keith Urban), Rocks in Your Shoes

Hedy West -- b.4/6/1938 d.7/3/2005 (67)
Songwriter, Guitarist, Folk Singer
Misc: wrote "500 Miles" for several artists

Keith West -- b.5/11/1968
Country Bassist
Group Names: Heartland

Shelley West -- b.5/23/1958
Songwriter, Country Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: Dottie & Bill's daughter

Jimi Westbrook -- b.10/20/1971
Country Singer
Group Names: Little Big Town

Brian Westrum -- b.12/26/1962
Country Musician
Group Names: Sons of The Desert

Billy Edd Wheeler -- b.12/9/1932
Songwriter, Guitarist, Country Singer, Folk Singer
Song Titles: Ode to the Little Brown Shack Out Back
Album Titles: Memories of America

Cheryl Wheeler -- b.7/10/1951
Songwriter, Folk Singer

Onie Wheeler -- b.11/10/1921 d.5/27/1984 (62)
Songwriter, Harmonicaist, Country Singer
Group Names: Roy Acuff's Smokey Mountain Boys

Bryan White -- b.2/17/1974
Country Singer

Buck White -- b.12/13/1930
Country Singer

Drake White -- b.10/3/1983 N.S.
Country Singer

John I. White -- b.4/12/1902 d.11/26/1992 (90)
Radio Actor, Country Singer
Song Titles: Lonesome Cowboy

Josh White -- b.2/11/1908 d.9/5/1969 (54)
Guitarist, Blues Singer, Folk Singer
Misc: some say b. 1914 or 1915

Joy Lynn White -- b.7/24/1961
Songwriter, Country Singer

Lari White -- b.5/13/1965 d.1/23/2018 N.S. (52)
Country Singer

Keith Whitley -- b.7/1/1959 d.5/9/1989 (33)
Songwriter, Country Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: Lorrie Morgan's hubby
Misc: some say b. 1955

Ray Whitley -- b.12/5/1901 d.2/21/1979 (77)
Actor, Songwriter, Country Singer
Misc: in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

"Slim" Whitman -- b.1/20/1923 d.6/19/2013 (90)
Falsetto, Yodeler, Country Singer
Names/Places: b. in Tampa, FL; RN:Otis Dewey
Misc: the first country singer to play the London Palladium

Chuck Wicks -- b.6/20/1979
Country Singer

Audrey Wiggins -- b.12/26/1967
Country Singer

John Wiggins -- b.10/13/1962
Country Performer

Roy Wiggins -- b.6/27/1926 d.8/3/1999 (73)
Country Guitarist

Doyle Wilburn -- b.7/7/1930 d.10/16/1982 (52)
Country Performer
Names/Places: RN:Virgil Doyle Wilburn
Group Names: The Wilburn Brothers

Teddy Wilburn -- b.11/30/1931 d.11/24/2003 (71)
Country Singer
Group Names: the Wilburn Brothers

Amanda Wilkinson -- b.1/17/1982
Country Singer
Group Names: The Wilkinsons

Steve Wilkinson -- b.8/18/1955
Country Singer, Canadian
Group Names: The Wilkinsons

Tyler Wilkinson -- b.4/30/1984
Country Singer
Group Names: The Wilkinsons

Dana Williams -- b.5/22/1961
Bassist, Country Singer
Group Names: Diamond Rio

Diane Williams -- b.8/9/1959
Country Performer

Doc Williams -- b.6/26/1914 d.1/31/2011 (96)
Country Singer

Don Williams -- b.5/27/1939 d.9/8/2017 N.S. (78)
Movie Actor, Songwriter, Country Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in Floydada, TX; RFMN:Donald Ray; NN:Gentle Giant of Country Music
Song Titles: I Wouldn't Want to Live If You Didn't Love Me, The Shelter of Your Eyes

Hank Williams Jr. -- b.5/26/1949
Songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist, Country Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in Shreveport, LA; FN:Randall; Hank Sr.'s son
Misc: CMA Entertainer of the Year several times

Hank Williams Sr. -- b.9/17/1923 d.1/1/1953 (29)
Actor, Songwriter, Country Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: RFN:Hiram King

Holly Williams -- b.3/12/1981
Songwriter, Country Singer
Names/Places: Hank Williams Sr.'s granddaughter, Hank Williams Jr.'s daughter, half-sister of Hank Williams III

Jett Williams -- b.1/6/1953
Country Performer
Names/Places: RN:Cathy Yvonne Stone; Hank William Sr.'s illegitimate daughter

Kim Edwin Williams -- b.6/28/1947 N.S. d.2/11/2016 N.S. (68)
Songwriter, Country Figure
Misc: in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

Leona Williams -- b.1/7/1943
Songwriter, Country Singer
Group Names: Loretta Lynn's Band

Linda Williams -- b.7/7/1947
Country Singer

Lucinda Williams -- b.1/26/1953
Songwriter, Folk Singer
Misc: b. 1951?

Mason Williams -- b.8/24/1938
Photographer, Author, Comedy Writer, Composer, Songwriter, Folk Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in Abilene, Texas
Misc: some say b. 1936
Song Titles: Classical Gas
TV Shows: Andy Williams Show (writer), Glen Campbell Show (writer), Smothers Brothers (regular and writer), Pat Paulsen Show (writer), Saturday Night Live (writer)

Otis (Country) Williams -- b.6/2/1936 N.S.
Pop Singer, Country Singer
Misc: b. Feb 6?
Group Names: The Charms

Robin Williams -- b.3/16/1947
Country Singer
Misc: NOT to be confused with the movie actor/comedian of the same name. Wonder if he's an Orkan?

Roger Williams -- b.10/1/1924 d.10/8/2011 (87)
Pianist, Country Singer

Shelton Hank Williams -- b.12/12/1972
Country Musician
Names/Places: Gwen and Hank Jr.'s son; aka Hank Williams III

Tex Williams -- b.8/23/1917 d.10/11/1985 (68)
Songwriter, Bandleader, Country Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: RN:Sol Williams
Song Titles: Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That Cigarette

Zane Williams -- b.7/27/1977 N.S.
Country Singer
Song Titles: Hurry Home
Album Titles: The Right Place, Ride with Me

B. L. "Slim" Williamson -- b.11/21/1927 d.12/25/2013 N.S. (86)
Country Performer

Kelly Willis -- b.10/1/1968
Country Singer
Misc: AP says Oct 2

"Bob" Wills -- b.3/6/1905 d.5/13/1975 (70)
Composer, Songwriter, Fiddler, Bandleader, Blues Singer, Jazz Singer, Country Singer
Names/Places: NN: The King of the Western Swing; RFMN:James Robert
Misc: Country-Style swing with jazz band influence
Group Names: Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (lead)

Johnnie Lee Wills -- b.9/2/1912 N.S. d.10/25/1984 N.S. (72)
Country Fiddler
Names/Places: Bob's brother

Mark Wills -- b.8/8/1973
Country Singer

Gretchen Wilson -- b.6/26/1973
Country Singer
Song Titles: Redneck Woman, All Jacked Up

Hawkshaw "Shaw" Wilson -- b.7/10/1960 N.S.
Country Performer, Country Musician
Group Names: BR549

Maddie Wilson -- b.1/20/1997 N.S.
Songwriter, Country Singer

Norro Wilson -- b.4/4/1938 N.S. d.6/8/2017 N.S. (79)
Music Producer, Composer, Songwriter, Country Singer
Names/Places: RFN:Norris
Misc: in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

Tim Wilson -- b.8/5/1961 d.2/26/2014 (52)
Comedian, Country Singer
Misc: a staple of the comedy circuit and has been a veteran in country comedy.

Trent Wilson -- b.3/6/1973
Country Singer

Craig Wiseman -- b.8/4/1963
Country Music Songwriter

Mac Wiseman -- b.5/23/1925 N.S. d.2/24/2019 N.S. (93)
Bluegrass Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: RN: Malcolm B. Wiseman; NN: The Voice with a Heart

Scott Greene Wiseman -- b.11/8/1909 d.2/1/1981 (71)
Country Singer
Group Names: Lulu Belle and Scotty (was Scotty of the pioneering country duo)

Gabe Witcher -- b.6/11/1978 N.S.
Music Producer, Arranger, Multi-instrumentalist, Bassist, Drummer, Fiddler, Bluegrass Singer/Guitarist
Group Names: Punch Brothers

Kate Wolf -- b.1/27/1942 d.12/10/1986 (44)
Songwriter, Singer, Country Performer

Drew Womack -- b.7/8/1970
Songwriter, Country Singer
Group Names: Sons of the Desert

Lee Ann Womack -- b.8/19/1966
Songwriter, Country Singer/Guitarist
Song Titles: I Hope You Dance

Tim Womack -- b.4/23/1968
Guitarist, Country Singer
Group Names: Sons of the Desert

Bobby Wood -- b.1/25/1941
Songwriter, Country Keyboardist

Del Wood -- b.2/22/1920 d.10/3/1989 (69)
Pianist, Country Singer
Names/Places: RN:Adelaide Hazelwood
Misc: ragtime style

Bruce Woodley -- b.7/25/1942
Songwriter, Folk Singer/Guitarist, Australian
Group Names: The Seekers

Bob Woodruff -- b.3/14/1961
Country Performer

Terry Woods -- b.12/4/1947
Mandolin, Folk Musician, Irish
Group Names: Steeleye Span, The Pogues

Chuck Woolery -- b.3/16/1941
Game Show Host, TV Talk Show Host, Songwriter, Country Singer
Names/Places: Joann Pflug's, then Terri Nelson's hubby
TV Shows: Your Hit Parade (1974), Wheel of Fortune (host 1975-81), Scrabble, Love Connection, Greed, New Zoo Revue (as Mr. Dingle)

Sheb Wooley -- b.4/10/1921 d.9/16/2003 (82)
Publisher, TV/Movie Actor, Comedian, Songwriter, Radio Disc Jock, Bandleader, Country Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in Erick, OK; RFN:Shelby F., Comic as Ben Colder
Song Titles: The Purple People Eater
TV Shows: Rawhide (as Pete Nolan), Hee Haw (composer & regular 1969)

Tom Wopat -- b.9/9/1951
Actor, Director, Country Singer
Misc: some give b. 1959
TV Shows: The Dukes of Hazzard (as Luke Duke), Cybill (as Jeff), All My Children (as Hank Pecham)
Movie Titles: Django Unchained, Jonah Hex

Glenn Worf -- b.1/24/1954
Country Bassist
Misc: played on several hundred country hits

Darryl Worley -- b.10/31/1964
Country Singer

Charlie Worsham -- b.9/1/1985
Songwriter, Guitarist, Country Singer

Marion Worth -- b.7/4/1930 d.12/19/1999 (69)
Country Singer

Bobby Wright -- b.3/30/1942
Country Singer
Names/Places: Kitty Wells and Johnnie's son

Chely Wright -- b.10/25/1970 N.S.
Country Singer
Song Titles: Shut Up and Drive, Single White Female

Curtis Wright -- b.6/6/1955
Country Singer

Heath Wright -- b.4/22/1967
Country Performer
Group Names: Ricochet (lead vocalist)

Hugh Wright -- b.12/18/1951 d.9/25/2015 N.S. (63)
Drummer, Country Singer
Group Names: Boy Howdy

Johnny Wright -- b.5/13/1914 d.9/27/2011 (97)
Country Singer
Names/Places: Kitty Wells' husband
Group Names: Jonnie and Jack

Michelle Wright -- b.7/1/1961
Songwriter, Drummer, Country Singer/Guitarist, Canadian

Tammy Wynette -- b.5/5/1942 d.4/6/1998 (55)
TV Actress, Songwriter, Country Singer
Names/Places: b. in Red Bay, Al.; RN:Virginia Wynette Pugh; George Jones' ex-; NN: The First Lady of Country Music; wed 5x's
Song Titles: Stand By Your Man

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