Billy Robinson

Date: 1998 November 23
Length: 87 min.
Call Number: OHC243

Biography

Steel guitarist. Born August 6, 1931. Career most active late 1940s-early 1950s. Backed Red Foley on the Grand Ole Opry and participated in the 1949 Opry troupe tour of U. S. military bases in Germany and Austria. A successful session musician, he can be heard on numerous recordings, including “Candy Kisses” (recorded by George Morgan, 1949), and “Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy” (recorded by Red Foley, 1950). Member, Steel Guitar Hall of Fame.

Interview Summary

1998 November 23
(1 hour, 27 minutes)
Steel guitar player Billy Robinson describes and discusses the circumstances surrounding photographs taken during his career. Photos discussed include pictures of Robinson with different steel guitars; photos from radio station performances; pictures from his special service performances while in the U. S. Army, including musicians he worked with and a tour through Germany following World War II; pictures of performers he worked with, including Goober & His Kentuckians and Gabe Tucker; photos of various package show tours; pictures from his work with Red Foley; and comments on the playing style of Jerry Byrd.