Doc Williams

Date: 1977 January 19
Length: 62 min.
Call Number: OH204


Country performer. Born June 26, 1914. Real name: Andrew John Smik, Jr. Performer and recording artist whom, with his band the Border Riders, performed throughout the Northeast and eastern Canada from the late 1930s-1990s. Joined the WWVA Wheeling Jamboree in 1937. In 1946 his wife, Chickie (born February 13, 1919), joined the band. In 1947 formed Wheeling Records. Creator of the Doc Williams Guitar Course.

Interview Summary

1977 January 19
(1 hour, 2 minutes)
Country performer Doc Williams talks about the country music industry from his perspective as a regional performer. Discussion includes Chickie Williams’s music career; their first recording session, including “Beyond the Sunset”; his record label, Wheeling Records; his philosophy about career success; a description of his stage show, including the role of comedy; the popularity of country music in the Northeast and Canada; the difference between the Southern and Canadian fiddle styles; his experiences as a country musician touring the Northeast and Canada; his analysis of changing opportunities for regional performers; and comments on the impact of the growth of country music.