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William Lum York Obituaries

Dear Friends,
It saddens us to inform you that William "Lum" York peacefully passed away at 11:26 am central time on Sunday, Aug.15, 2004 at the Baton Rouge General Hospital Bluebonnet. Funeral arrangements are pending. For more information contact Juanita York at

Please keep Lum in your prayers. He will be missed. May God Bless You!
The York Family
Message From Lum York's Family - Aug. 16, 2004.

Goodbye Uncle Lum
I'm very sad to report that Uncle Lum York has passed away. Many Hank fans know that Lum was a long time friend and band member for Hank Williams. In addition, Lum was a dear friend to many of us. He was a regular at all the Hank events. No one could play the spoons or tell a joke like Uncle Lum. He will be truly missed. My prayers are with him and his family.
Good-bye Lum. Thanks for your kindness and all the laughs.
Sincerely, Nathan P.
Thanks to Robert Ackerman for this information.

Sunday 08/15/2004 6:01:27pm
I just wanted to let all Hank Fans know
that Lum York passed away this morning
at 11:26AM (CST). Lum played with Hank
from 1944-1949 as a bass player and
commedian. He is going to be missed
an awful lot by his fans and friends of
Hank in the music circle. I will pass
the funeral arrangements on as soon as
I get word from Nita, his wife.
Thanks to all. Jimmy Porter

Drifting Cowboys Bassist Lum York Dies
Tue. August 17.2004 6:45 PM EDT - Funeral services will be held Wednesday (Aug. 18) in Baton Rouge, La., for William Herbert "Lum" York, a member of Hank Williams' band, the Drifting Cowboys. York, 85, died Sunday at a Baton Rouge hospital. The Alabama native served as bassist and comedian in Williams' band from 1944 until 1949. In 1947, he played bass on four of Williams' recordings, including "On the Banks of the Old Pontchartrain." After leaving the Drifting Cowboys, York worked with Bill Monroe, Lefty Frizzell, George Morgan, Marty Robbins, Goldie Hill and others.
Author Unkown - Staff

William 'Lum' York
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - William "Lum" York, a musician and comedian who played with Hank Williams and other country music stars, died Sunday of heart disease. He was 85.

York was a bass player with Williams and his Driftin' Cowboys band in the 1940s. He also played with Marty Robbins.

He was a member of the Driftin' Cowboys from 1944 to 1949, including Williams' 1948-49 residency at the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport.

York switched to playing the spoons in 1998 after a heart attack forced him to stop performing upright bass. In recent years, he played spoons with Hank Williams Jr., Hank Williams III and Jett Williams.
Associated Press
Author Unknown - Staff


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