BoxCar Willie Theatre
3454  W Hwy 76
Branson MO 65616
417-334-2669 (FAX)
Boxcar Willie Official Site
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BoxCar Willie Theatre features Boxcar Willie, the 60th Member of theGrand Old Opry and a multiple Gold and Platinum recording artist.

Update on BoxCar Willie - BoxCar Willie died Monday 12 April 1999 in Branson, MO. He has been a Branson Icon for many years and we will surely miss him. BoxCar Willie had been fighting against the recurring leukemia that has been a problem since November 1996. In February 1999, he completed a third round of chemotherapy. BoxCar Willie was 67. He was born Lecil Travis Martin in Sterratt, Texas in 1931. His father was a farm and section hand on the railway. Martin is survived by his wife, two daughters and two sisters.

BoxCar Willie  performed in hundreds of clubs and honky-tonks. He won on TV's "Gong Show" in 1977. He went on a tour of the British Isles and later became one of the United Kingdom's biggest selling country artists. "Daddy Was a Railroad Man" was voted British album of the year in 1979.

"King of the Road" sold more than 3 million copies. Nashville's Music City News named BoxCar most promising male country singer in 1981, he was 50 years old. In 1982 he rose to the top of the country charts with Johnny Cash's "Bad News". Also in 1981, he was voted in as the 60th member of the Grand Ole Opry. Boxcar Willie was a self described 40-year overnight success.

The 67-year-old singer died Monday evening, surrounded by his wife, two daughters, two sisters and close friends, said Chisai Childs, a family spokeswoman and friend of 31 years. See Yahoo's API BoxCar Willie article of 13 April 1999.

BoxCar Willie was laid to rest Saturday 17 April 1999 in Missouri's Ozark Mountain Park. His funeral, open to the public, was held at the BoxCar Willie Theater at four, followed by a funeral procession passing BoxCar Willie Drive.

Ferlin Husky
1999 Update - Ferlin Husky will not be performing at the BoxCar Willie Theatre in 1999.

Duttons, The
The Duttons are a multi-talented family of nine who perform gospel to opera. The Duttons had been scheduled to perform at the Braschlers Theater in 1999 but they announced in March 1999 that they would headline at the BoxCar Willie Theatre. In 1998 they performed at the Barbara Fairchild Theatre and have toured extensively in the United States and Canada during the off season.

The Duttons regular season will begin 13 April 1999 at the BoxCar Willie Theatre.

Theater:  900 seat theater old fashioned and simple, with authentic charm.

Handicap access:  Good

Dress Code:  Normal casual wear, but there is a sign warning against obscene and profane hats and shirts.

Museum and Motel:  The BoxCar Willie Theater is sandwiched between the BoxCar Willie Museum, with a good gift shop, and the BoxCar Willie Motel.

Location: Near the west end of the Strip on W. SR 76.

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Related Items
"BoxCar Willie Truck Driving Songs
BoxCar Willie 
Audio CD (December 13, 1996) 
Click on link for availability and commentary. 
Click on cover art at right for larger image.
"Truck Drivin' Son Of A Gun BoxCar Willie
BoxCar Willie 
Audio CD (February 25, 1999) 
Cleopatra; ASIN: B00000G5AA 
1. Truck Drivin' Man 
2. Freightline Fever 
3. Phantom 309 
4. White Line Fever 
5. Convoy 
6. How Fast Them Trucks Will Go 
7. Trucker's Prayer 
8. Teddy Bear 
9. Six Days On The Road 
10. Truck Drivin' Son Of A Gun 
11. Girl On A Billboard 
12. North To Alaska 
13. Forty Acres 
14. Dixie 
15. Yankee Doodle 
16. Battle Hymn Of The Republic
"BoxCar Willie King Of The Freight Train
BoxCar Willie 
Audio CD (November 3, 1994) 
Click on link for availability and commentary. 
Click on cover art at right for larger image.
"BoxCar's Best
BoxCar Willie 
Audio CD (May 5, 1998) 


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Updated 18 April 1999