Drifting Cowboys Bassist Lum York Dies

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.