Elmer Williams

Date: 1989 August 02
Length: 96 min.
Call Number: OHC328

Biography

Photographer. Born July 15, 1927. Commercial photographer, worked with the country music industry during the 1950s and early 1960s. Also worked as an ambulance driver for a Nashville funeral home.

Interview Summary

1989 August 2
(1 hour, 36 minutes)
Photographer and ambulance driver Elmer Williams talks about his association with the country music industry during the 1950s and early 1960s. Discussion includes a brief account of his childhood; his interest in photography; highlights from his years as a photographer, including memories of Grand Ole Opry performers, including Elvis Presley, the Louvin Brothers, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Jim Reeves, and Brenda Lee; experiences photographing recording sessions; and memories of the plane crash that killed Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and Randy Hughes.