Friday, January 20, 2012

Drifting Cowboy "Pee Wee" Moultrie Passes Away

Cois E. “Pee Wee” Moultrie, a former member of country singer Hank Williams’ Drifting Cowboys band, died this week of a heart attack.

Moultrie sang with Williams from 1938 to 1940. He is featured in two songs on a recently released CD box set — “Fan It,” in which Moultrie sings and Williams plays, and “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” with Williams singing and Moultrie playing the accordion.

Moultrie toured, lived and played with Williams until he joined the Army Air Corps. He said even then he knew his pal who gave him the nickname “Pee Wee” would be a star.

“Back then, we were playing Ernest Tubb and Roy Acuff, but he was meant for the big time,” Moultrie said. “We weren’t even trying to write songs, but he’d see something in a paper that would make a good song so he’d tear it off and put it in his pants. He could write a whole song in one car ride. He was terrific.”

“He played in a band his entire life. Even when he was in the Air Force he played in a band,” Moultrie's daughter said. “He always played the accordion, but he could play other instruments. “What always amazed me was that he couldn’t read music. He played by hearing,” she said. “He instilled the love for music in us, too, and probably in his grandchild even more.”

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