Bill Lister

"Big Bill" Lister ( born January 5, 1923 Karnes County, Texas, as Weldon E. Lister, † December 1, 2009 in San Antonio, Texas) was an American country musician. Lister was at the beginning of the 1950s, a popular musician, but never made ​​the big breakthrough.


The extremely large for its time Lister began his career in 1938 at the radio station knel in Brady, Texas, and made in the 1940s around San Antonio with concerts, radio broadcasts and Barn Dance shows a name. Lister also appeared on the first San Antonio Livestock Show & Rodeo.

Beginning of the 1950s drew Lister to Nashville, Tennessee, the center of country music. In the next few years, he got a contract with Capitol Records, was a member of the Grand Ole Opry and went with Hank Williams, Little Jimmy Dickens, Minnie Pearl, Stringbean and many other on tour. However, the great success would not come, especially as his singles were less successful for Capitol.

In the 1960s Lister retired from the music business. Only in the 1980s, he found his way back into the scene when he found the only known copy of Hank Williams' demo tape There's a Tear in My Beer in his basement. Lister recorded the song later on also for his Hank Williams tribute album.

2005 Lister was honored with induction into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame. Lister was musically active until his death. He had his last appearance in October 2009. Big Bill Lister died on 1 December 2009 at the Life Care Hospital.



Discography is not complete.