I got word a little while ago from Tony Morrow that Billie Sol Estes passed away yesterday at the age of 88.
I wrote a post five years ago about Estes (Click here to read it. It scratches the surface of some of the history.) and it has been one of the most read things I’ve ever done on this blog. Which, leads me to believe that there is not a whole lot of stuff out there about the infamous Texas shucker and jiver who swindled millions, was closely tied to LBJ and, claimed to have inside information about the JFK assassination (presumably implicating Johnson).
Anyway, the reason I wrote the post was because I had recently completed writing a song with Bill Dees called “Billie Sol…
Dees started writing the song when he was living in the Texas Panhandle and Estes was in the news for phony cotton leases and disappearing subsidized fertilizer tanks. He shelved the song out of fear because, there were also a lot of people disappearing around Billie Sol as well. So, we finished writing it together and released it on an album called Castin’ My Spell in ’06.
I always wondered what this song…
Now I know.
How did they do this?…
Source: National Geographic.