|Sep 15, 2008 |
CRB Country Music Hall of Fame Member Charlie Walker Passes
Country Music D J Hall of Fame Member Charlie Walker passed away yesterday in Hendersonville, TN. He had been diagnosed with colon cancer. Charlie was 81.
Charlie played country music over the Armed Forces Radio Network as part of the Eighth Army Signal Corps occupation forces in Tokyo during World War II. In 1951, Charlie joined KMAC in San Antonio, where he called himself "ol' poke salad, cotton-picking, boll-pulling, corn-shucking, snuff-dipping Charlie Walker." Soon Charlie had become one of the nation's Top 10 country disc jockeys.
Charlie Walker was inducted into the Country Music D J Hall of Fame in 1981.
He is survived by his wife Connie as well as 10 children. Both Charlie and Connie attended every Country Music D J and Radio Hall of Fame Induction Dinner to welcome the newly inducted members, until this year. He was proud to be the most senior living member of the hall, and as such helped officiate when the plaques were move to their current place in the Nashville Convention Center