Roosevelt T. "Grey Ghost" Williams

Vocals, piano

Date of Birth:  December 3, 1903    Bastrop, TX

Date of Death:  July 17, 1996    Austin, TX

Place of Burial:    Cremated


Grey Ghost, Catfish Records (CTF-1001)

Grey Ghost, Spindletop (SPT-1002)

Texas Piano Professors, Catfish Records (CTF-1002)

Catfish, Carp & Diamonds: 35 Years of Texas Blues, Catfish Records (CTF-1004)


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Cushing, Steve. “Grey Ghost,” Blues before Sunrise: The Radio Interviews. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010.

Dunn, Betty. "Grains From The Sandbar - The ‘Grey Ghost’ Williams,",  Friday, August 18, 2017. Accessed December 4, 2018.

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______. Texas Blues: The Rise of a Contemporary Sound. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2008.

Hooper, Dave. “End of the Line: The Passing of Grey Ghost,” The Austin Chronicle, July 26, 1996.

      Accessed May 19,2017.

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Owens, William A. Tell me a story, sing me a song.... Austin: University of Texas Press, 1983.

Patoski, Joe Nick. "Blithe Spirit," Texas Monthly, February 1989, volume 17, no. 2, pp. 112-114.

Obituary. Austin American-Statesman, Thursday, July 18, 1996, p. B4.

"Roosevelt Thomas Williams; Blues Pianist," Los Angeles Times, July 20, 1996.

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Memorial marker at Long

Center for the Performing Arts, Austin

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