Fiddlin' Skeets Williamson

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b. Cecil Williamson, 30 September 1920, McVeigh, Kentucky, USA. As a child Williamson took up the violin, becoming an accomplished country fiddle player. His sister, LaVerne Lois Williamson (b. 9 July…
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b. Cecil Williamson, 30 September 1920, McVeigh, Kentucky, USA. As a child Williamson took up the violin, becoming an accomplished country fiddle player. His sister, LaVerne Lois Williamson (b. 9 July 1923, McVeigh, Kentucky, USA, d. 5 December 1987, USA), played banjo and guitar and also sang. She and her brother began working together, including appearing with another brother on radio from Williamson, West Virginia. Williamson and his sister also appeared in 1939 with the Happy Valley Boys, a band led by Johnny Bailes in which Little Jimmy Dickens also played. In those far-off, pre-politically correct days, the latter was billed as the Singing Midget. The siblings also worked with Lynn Davis in 1940 in the Cumberland Mountain Folks and with these bands often appeared on radio, including broadcasting on WJLS, Beckley, West Virginia. Also heard with the band for a while was bass player and vocalist Carl Smith . Around this time, LaVerne adopted the name, Molly O’Day , and later went on to reach a wide audience and achieve much greater fame than her brother. The Cumberland Mountain Folks recorded for Columbia Records and developed quite a following, with O’Day setting markers by which later and better-remembered female country singers would be judged. Meanwhile, Williamson continued to play fiddle with various bands, to all of which he brought his lively approach to music. He can be heard on some compilations, usually on tracks featuring O’Day. Little is known of his later years and whether or not he is still alive.