Nashville Cats: A Salute to Arranger and Musical Director Bill Walker

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May 30, 2015 - Sydney, Australia, native Bill Walker, a formally trained musical arranger and conductor, came to Nashville in 1964, to work with Jim Reeves. When Reeves died in a plane crash, Eddy Arnold enlisted Walker’s services, and the two worked together through 1968. The next year, Walker joined The Johnny Cash Show as musical director, and at the end of every show Cash would say to him, “Goodnight, Bill Walker!” and the work poured in. In addition to the Cash show, Walker worked on the CMA awards show, The Statler Brothers Show, and many specials. His arrangements grace many country classics, including “Sunday Morning Coming Down” and “Make the World Go Away.”

Presented in support of the exhibition Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City. The program includes photos, video, and audio samples of Walker’s work

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