June 13, 1931 - February 2, 2008
Legendary fiddler Frankie McWhorter passed away in Higgins, Oklahoma on February 2, 2008.Frankie grew up in the Texas Panhandle town of Memphis in "Bob Wills country." He bought his first fiddle in 1948 and went on to become a Bob Wills protegé, touring with Wills in the early 1960s.
Frankie authored two books while a foreman on the Gray (later Cooper) Ranch in Higgins, Texas, from 1984 until his retirement in 2002, and his reputation for "fixing" problem horses extended almost as far as his reputation for turning out some of the very finest country fiddling in the West. Inducted into the Western Swing Society in 1987, Frankie also won the Western Music and All Around Cowboy Culture Award in 1999, and the Will Rogers Range Riders Award in 2005. He was inducted into the Nebraska Western Swing Hall of Fame as well as the Western Swing Music Society of Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
Frankie traveled to Elko to participate in the 1992 Cowboy Poetry Gathering and returned in 1993 to join a cowboy fiddling workshop panel in the Western Folklife Center's 1st Cowboy Music Gathering. Throughout his musical career, he formed several popular Texas Panhandle dance bands. Most recently, Frankie was a member of the Thomas Country Opera.
Click here to read the full obituary in the Amarillo Globe-News.