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May 22, 2006 at 09:08am IST

Singer Billy Walker killed in car crash

Hayneville (Alabama): Country singer and Grand Ole Opry star Billy Walker was killed along with his wife and two band members early on Sunday when the car they were traveling in ran off an interstate highway and overturned south of Montgomery, Alabama.

The popular 77-year-old singer, whose biggest hit was Charlie's Shoes on CBS Records, joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1960 and had performed ever since in concerts and on TV shows.

Also killed were his wife, Bettie Walker, 61, and band members Charles Lilly, 44, and Daniel Patton, 40, all of Tennessee.

WALKER NO MORE: The popular 77-year-old singer's biggest hit was Charlie's Shoes on CBS Records. (IBN)

Walker's grandson, Joshua Brooks, 2l, was hospitalised in critical condition. They were returning to Nashville after performing at a club near Gulf Shores, Alabama.