Music: Singin1 Billy's Book

Visitors to Magnolia Cemetery in Spartanburg, S. C., can read on a gravestone: In memory of William Walker, A.S.H. Died Sept. 24, 1875, in the 67th year of his age. He was a devoted Husband and kind Father. A consistent Baptist 47 yrs. Taught music 45 yrs. The Author of 4 Books of sacred music. He rests from his labors. He died in the triumphs of faith. Sing praises unto the Lord.

William Walker, called "Singin' Billy," was an itinerant singing master who made the rounds of hundreds of singing schools in the Carolinas,...

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