William "Lum" York, a musician and comedian who played with Hank
Williams and other country music stars, has died of heart disease at the age of 85.
Mr. York, a native of Elmore, Ala., was a bass player with Williams and
his Driftin' Cowboys band in the 1940s. He also played with other stars,
including Marty Robbins.
He died Sunday at a Baton Rouge hospital. Mr. York was a member of
the Driftin' Cowboys from 1944-1949, including Williams' 1948-49 residency at the
Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport. Mr. York said Williams paid him $20 a week
and room and board, which he said was a lot of money back then.
"Lovesick Blues" in 1949 took Williams to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
Mr. York and the Driftin' Cowboys stayed behind in Shreveport.
Mr. York later got a job in Nashville but returned to Shreveport because he
didn't like it.
In recent years he played spoons with Hank Williams Jr., Hank Williams III
and Jett Williams.
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