Lecil Travis Martin Was born September 1st, 1931. He is best know as his stage name Boxcar Willie. He also was famous for his train whistle sounds and Johnny Cash impressions. Willie was born in Texas and joined the United States Air Force in 1949. There he was a Flight engineer and part of the 136th Air Refueling Wing. He did this up till his retirement in 1976. Willie had wrote a song called Boxcar Willie in the 1950’s and years later he tried out for Chuck Barris’ The Gong Show.
Soon after he started performing and the Boxcar Willie name stuck and he became a star. He has been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. He went on to have a nice career until his death in 1999. Boxcar Willie was my father’s favorite singer growing up so I had my fair share of listening to him. He was the old Hobo of Country Music. I love his rendition of the “Wabash Cannonball”, and his added train sounds make this a classic Boxcar song. I recently watched a couple videos of him doing Cash impressions, and his shows were pretty funny and entertaining. I don’t know of any other performers quite like Boxcar Willie especially his train sounds.
He is one of a kind and he had a huge influence on the music industry. If you get a chance put a little Boxcar Willie on and sit back with a nice drink on this fine Sunday. Do you enjoy listening to Boxcar Willie? Let us know AFTER THE JUMP!