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“Thank you, Ben Dorcy”

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

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photo:  Cheri Schultz

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by:  Hannah Barnes

Ben Dorcy III, a respected roadie for many stars, died Saturday, Sept. 16 at age 92, Chron reports.

Dorcy, who was dubbed the “world’s oldest roadie,” by Willie Nelson, worked for stars including Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, The Highwaymen, George Jones, Hank Williams Jr. and Frank Sinatra.

Nicknamed “Lovey,” Dorcy is said to have invented the concept of a roadie’s job in the 1950s. He got his start on tour with Hank Thompson, later becoming John Wayne’s personal assistant and valet. Dorcy met Nelson while Dorcy was working with Ray Price, and the pair quickly struck up a working relationship that would last for decades.

Towards the end of his life, Dorcy worked with Nelson during the Texas dates of the star’s tours, and spent the rest of his time working with Texas country acts.

Dorcy was the first inductee into the Roadie Hall of Fame in 2009.

After Dorcy’s passing, Willie Nelson‘s Facebook page shared a few words in remembrance of his friend.

“Ben ‘Lovey’ Dorcy was our friend and part of the Willie Nelson Family,” the post read. “Thank you Ben for years of hard work and sound advice. We love you.”

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Ben Dorcy, the first roadie, you will be missed

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

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On Saturday morning it was announced that Dorcy had died at the age of 92 after decades of service and friendship to some of music’s biggest stars

Dorcy, it is said, invented the concept of what a roadie’s job would become back in the 1950s. According to rock history before the term “roadie” was in fashion the guy who loaded cases and made sure musicians were content before and after showtime were just called “bandboys.”

Before he became a piece of music history. Dorcy, nicknamed “Lovey”, was sailor in World War II. He served in the United State Navy until an attack on his aircraft carrier left him with a metal plate in his head. He was honorably discharged and after returning home to finish high school, he found his way to becoming an ice dancer with a “Holiday on Ice” tour.

An injury sidelined him and he eventually became a “band’s boy” or stagehand for various touring artists in and around San Antonio. He hit it off with country artist Hank Thompson, who was so impressed by Dorcy that he took him on tour. In the mid-50s Dorcy would become John Wayne’s personal assistant and valet, meeting the Duke while working for Nudie Cohn, the renowned maker of fanciful rhinestone-laden suits that became synonymous with country music fashion.

During his time with Wayne he even got to appear as an extra in “The Alamo”.

 

Willie Nelson and Dorcy would meet while the latter was working with Ray Price. He became beloved by Price for his innate skills at making things happen on the road. If an artist wanted fried chicken in the middle of the night, Dorcy would find a way to have fried chicken in front of him in no time.

This began a working relationship with Nelson that lasted for decades, although his heavy-lifting days ended long ago.

Dorcy also logged time with Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, The Highwaymen (naturally), George Jones, Hank Williams Jr., and even Frank Sinatra.

Towards the end of his life Dorcy only worked with Willie on the Texas dates of his tours, and filled the rest of his time with Texas country acts like Kevin Fowler, Randy Rogers Band, Cody Canada, Cory Morrow, and Wade Bowen, just to name a few. He also made an appearance at Chris Stapleton’s Woodlands show in the summer of 2016.

According to his Legacy.com obituary there were two songs written about Dorcy, Waylon Jennings’ “Ode to Ben Dorcy,” and Red Sovine’s “Big Ben Dorcy the Third.”

Dorcy didn’t have any surviving family or any children so he never had someone to tell him get off the road or to retire to a rocking chair.

In 2009 he was the first official inductee into the Roadie Hall of Fame.

“Ode to Ben”, by Waylon Jennings

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Dave Thomas remembers Ben Dorcy, King of the Roadies

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Ben Dorcy died on Saturday at the age of 92. He has worked with Willie Nelson since the early 1960s

www.austin360.com
by:  Dave Thomas

I stuck out my hand and one of the roadies — the one pushing 80 years old — took it. For a minute I was that close to John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe. Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. Willie, Waylon and everybody who was somebody in Texas music for the last half-century.

But he shrank back when I introduced myself as a journalist, excusing himself to supervise the packing up of Robert Earl Keen’s gear. Not rude. But not interested in being a story.

That was Ben Dorcy, of course. “The world’s first roadie,” Willie Nelson would tell you. “King of the Roadies,” a documentary film states. “Lovey,” as named by the musicians who treasured him.

Dorcy died on Saturday at the age of 92, after 70 years of working the roads with musicians too numerous to name, but primarily with Willie Nelson since 1960. Yes, he was still working — I saw him in the heat of Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic just a couple months ago.

If you prowled Willie’s Picnic the way I did, you’d see him, too. For several years in a row in Fort Worth, he’d be out and about among the crowd in a morning, getting T-shirts from the merch stands for VIPs backstage. Then in the afternoon, you could spy him backstage watching Kris Kristofferson or Billy Joe Shaver from the wings and smoking his ever-present pipe.

Dorcy might have started out as a “band boy,” but he ended up as a godfather of cool. His presence was a benediction, even if many fans were unaware of the blessing.

A couple years back, Texas Monthly ran an excellent article on Dorcy, talking about his start with country star Hank Thompson, his service in the Navy during World War II and his brief stay in Hollywood, where he worked for John Wayne.

Even as he became a revered part of the Willie Nelson Family over the past 50 years, he took time to work with some of Nelson’s contemporaries, as well as the younger generation of Texas musicians — including Pat Green, Cody Canada, Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen. The number and nature of the secrets that Dorcy took with him Saturday morning must have been quite something.

Dorcy didn’t quite get his due in Willie’s various biographies and autobiographies — the story where Willie’s first wife, Martha, brains Dorcy with a glass ashtray and puts him in the hospital is told a few times in a few ways — but Johnny Bush devotes a page to him in his autobiography “Whiskey River (Take My Mind)” and shares a photo of a tall, thin and clean-shaven Dorcy.

“To me there’s not another person like him,” Bush wrote. “Willie and I have talked about it. We think Ben has hustled the world and that one day he’s just going to turn around and laugh — ‘I had all you guys fooled!’ He’s that kind of individual.”

Dorcy will, eventually, we hope, star in a documentary called “King of the Roadies.” A few years back it was said to be in post-production. Even if we don’t see it, the trailer sure is something.

Houston Chronicle article about the movie shares some good details about the film, which is being directed by Willie daughter Amy Nelson and her cousin Trevor Doyle Nelson. A Rolling Stone article shares a quote from Amy Nelson that explains why Dorcy was so beloved.

“He has no living relatives, yet he is the patriarch of a family of artists, and fellow roadies who love him dearly,” Amy Nelson says of Dorcy. “They call him ‘Lovey’ and he calls them ‘Lovey’. Despite all odds, he shows up to work on tour after tour after tour.”

 

Read Dave’s entire article here:
http://www.austin360.com/entertainment/remembering-ben-dorcy-king-the-roadies-and-texas-legend/7D2wznJoowOMk6mCsvCsbP/

Miss Margo Price and Ben Dorcy

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

Rest in Peace, Ben Dorcy

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

Willie Nelson:   Ben Dorcy, The Worlds First Roadie, 1925-2017

“Ben ‘Lovey’ Dorcy was our friend and part of the Willie Nelson Family. Thank you Ben for years of hard work and sound advice. We love you.”

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Ben Dorcy worked in the entertainment business on the road for 70 years.  He worked with Willie Nelson & Family,  John Wayne, Waylon Jennings, , Johnny Cash,  Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline and many more.  Up until his passing, Ben still  worked with several bands including Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen, Cody Canada, Kevin Fowler, Cory Morrow, and Willie Nelson.  These artists supported Ben, and put on a fundraising “Bed Dorcy Day” at Floores Country store every year to raise money to care for him.

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Presumably at a 4th of July Picnic in the 1970's...Ben Dorcy, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Margot Kidder, and Bee Spears.

Ben met Willie Nelson in the early 1960’s when they were both working for Ray Price.  Ben was the roadie, and Willie was the bass player.  When Willie took his own show on the road, he hired Ben, who was already legendary for his ability to get the job done, despite obstacles and perceived impossibilities.

— www.KingoftheRoadies.com

 

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Thanks to Andy Bush, from Georgia, for his photo of Johnny Bush and Ben Dorcy, who kindly posed for him, at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic.

Ben Dorcy Day

Monday, February 20th, 2017

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Here’s the poster from the First Annual Ben Dorcy day on February 20, 2013, with songs and stories from Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers Band, COdy Canada, Corry Morrow and other guests, there to  honor their friend “Lovey”.

This year the 5th Annual Ben Dorcy Day will again be celebrated at the Floore Country Store, on  February 26,  2017.

This year’s lineup, so far:

Josh Abbott, Pat Green, William Clark Green, Cleto Cordero, John Baumann & other VERY Special Guests TBA!

Doors: 6:30 pm
Show: 8:30 pm
$20.00 – $25.00

5th Annual Ben Dorcy Day (Feb. 26, 2017)

Friday, February 17th, 2017

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Get your tickets to the 5th Annual Ben Dorcy Day Concert at Floores General Store on  February 26,  2017.

Josh Abbott, Pat Green, William Clark Green, Cleto Cordero, John Baumann & other VERY Special Guests TBA!

Doors: 6:30 pm
Show: 8:30 pm
$20.00 – $25.00

Ben H. Dorcy III was born on May 19, 1925 in Dallas, Texas. He grew up in San Antonio, Texas and attended Jefferson High School. Ben first ventured into the entertainment industry in 1940 working for the Ice Capades, which was a traveling entertainment show featuring performances on ice rinks. Ben worked with the Ice Capades and traveled throughout the United States and Europe during the years 1940 through 1943. In 1943 Ben enlisted in the Navy where he served his country for three years, completing his service in 1946 as a seaman. He was soon to return to the world of entertainment.

During the years 1950 through 1953 Ben met and began working for Hank Thompson. Shortly thereafter he was introduced to Willie Nelson.
Ben met Willie at John T. Floore’s Country Store. In addition to Willie and Hank Thompson, Ben also worked on and off with Ray Price.

While traveling, Ben fell in love with California and moved to Hollywood. He took a job as a delivery boy for Nudie Rodeo Taylor, the man who “Set Rhinestones in Fashion History.” It was at this time (1962-1965) that Ben met John Wayne. Wayne took a liking to Ben, whom he met at Nudie’s shop and hired him first as a gardener, and later as his chauffeur. Although Ben loved working for Wayne, he longed to return to the music business.

Ben moved to Nashville. While in Nashville, Ben reunited with Hank Thompson, Willie Nelson, and Ray Price. It was during this time Ben met Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson. Ben worked in turn for each of these musicians.

Ben had a gypsy soul and a heart has big as Texas, hence his nickname, ‘Lovey.’ Ultimately, he returned to central Texas and became immersed in country music with acts that included Merle Haggard, Jerry Jeff Walker and David Allan Coe, to name a few.

Currently, at the age of ninety, Ben still makes the rounds. Few people in the music industry will ever have the impact Ben continues to have. He has a heart of gold, a passion for the music, a strong work ethic, and the desire to persevere, all of which drive him to keep on keeping on. Ben is truly living history and is an inspiration to those of us who want to learn what he so freely offers.

5th Annual Ben Dorsey Day at John T. Floore Country Store February 26, 2017

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Visit their facebook event page for ticket info.

John T. Floore Country Store
14492 Old Bandera Rd,
Helotes, Texas 78023

Ben Dorsey, known as the the World’s Oldest Roadie, or maybe the World’s First Roadie, will be honored once again by musicians and friends next February.   Profits raised help support Ben, in his 90’s, who has been in the entertainment business on on the road for over 67 years.  He has worked with Willie Nelson & Family,  John Wayne, Waylon Jennings, , Johnny Cash,  Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline and many more.  Ben still  works with several bands including Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen, Cody Canada, Kevin Fowler, Cory Morrow, and Willie Nelson.

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Presumably at a 4th of July Picnic in the 1970's...Ben Dorcy, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Margot Kidder, and Bee Spears.

Ben met Willie Nelson in the early 1960’s when they were both working for Ray Price.  Ben was the roadie, and Willie was the bass player.  When Willie took his own show on the road, he hired Ben, who was already legendary for his ability to get the job done, despite obstacles and perceived impossibilities.

— www.KingoftheRoadies.com

Johnny Bush and Ben Dorcy at Willie Nelson’s Picnic

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

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Thanks to Andy Bush, from Georgia, for his photo of Johnny Bush and Ben Dorcy, who kindly posed for him, at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic Saturday.  Nice to meet you, Andy!

Andy said this about the show:

“The 3rd song (actually 2nd of the three) they sung together was “Reasons to Quit.” What a thrill it was to stand there a few feet from the stage and watch my favorite two singers together. I’ve seen them both dozens of times, but together only once before on the “Last of the Breed” tour. This was my first picnic and I got to meet Linda Banks to boot!

One funny thing that happened during their set together took place during “Poncho and Lefty.” Willie is so used to singing the song by himself every show now (I believe in the old days, Jody Payne sang Merle’s lines with him), he just went ahead and sang Merle’s line. Figuring out what he’d done, he just looked over at Merle and gave that priceless Willie Nelson smile. They laughed it off, no egos, just two class acts.

God thank you for such a great day!”

Andy and I took a selfie, too.

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“King of the Roadies” — help support the Ben Dorcy Story Documentary — Two Weeks Left to raise funds!

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

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by: Shelton Green

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas — A 90-year-old roadie for musician Willie Nelson is now the focus of a documentary being shot by one of Nelson’s daughters and one of his grandchildren.

“King of the Roadies” is about 90-year-old Ben Dorcy, who has been with Willie since the 1960s. One of Nelson’s grandchildren, Trevor Nelson, started the documentary on Dorcy 11 years ago.

“Over the years, he was just always there.He was a fixture, so I didn’t realize how amazing he is and how he’s actually a piece of music history,” said Amy Nelson, one of Willie’s daughters and co-creator of “King of the Roadies.”

Dorcy worked as actor John Wayne’s chauffeur before he met Willie.

“Well, I knew him a long time and when he lived in Nashville, I said, ‘Hey, sometime I’d like to work with you.’ He said ‘OK,'” said Dorcy, talking about how he first started working for Nelson.

“King of the Roadies” has to raise $100,000 in two weeks. At last count, organizers were about a quarter of the way there.

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To donate funds to help complete the project, visit:
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search for Ben Dorcy or King of the Roadies
Give what you can — and get a prize!

Support the making of “King of the Roadies” Ben Dorcy Story — Donate to Kickstarter Campaign, get cool gifts

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Amy and Trevor Nelson have been working on a documentary video about Ben Dorcy for 10 years, and are now launching a big push to get it finished. Ben just turned 90, and it would be great if Amy and Trevor could finish the documentary and Ben could enjoy watching it at the premier.

It takes money to make a movie, and A Kickstarter campaign has launched to help fund this documentary.  The site is open for 30 days only to raise funds to finish the documentary, and time is running out.  He site accepts donations from $10.00 — on up, and for each level you get a great gift.  Visit the site and see the gifts, and give what you can to make this happen!

Visit their website for more information:
www.KingoftheRoadies.com

Donate to the project via Kickstarter:
https://www.kickstarter.com/ — search for Ben Dorcy or King of the Roadies

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Meet Ben Dorcy (Part V)

King of the Roadies: The Ben Dorcy Story (you can help make it happen)

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

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Meet Ben Dorcy: #3 – “King of the Roadies” documentary — help make it happen!

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

A sneak preview from the upcoming documentary KING OF THE ROADIES. Join our Kickstarter campaign so you will have the opportunity to see the finished film.

Visit www.kingotheroadies.com

You can contribute through the Kickstarter campaign:  www.Kickstarter.com, search for Ben Dorcy or King of the Roadies.

Willie Nelson will narrate this feature length documentary about Ben Dorcy lll, aka “Lovey”.  Directors Trevor Doyle Nelson and Amy Nelson present KING OF THE ROADIES, a counter-culture tale of longevity through perseverance and adaptability.  The film will chronicle the extraordinary life of Ben Dorcy, the world’s oldest and by most accounts, first roadie ever.  We will revisit the six decades of music & film history that Ben helped to shape; including his time spent with John Wayne, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash,  Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline and many more.

Some of the artists who have already appeared in the film to share stories and discuss the living legend are Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, Kinky Friedman, Jack Ingram, and Jamey Johnson.

The film will focus on Ben’s past as well as his present day life, that of a 90 year old working roadie.  His unique situation challenges the preconceived notions of what it means to grow old, and it raises some questions: Why must self-value diminish with age?  How do our perceived limitations shape our reality?  Is society serving it’s elders by encouraging them to retire?

Ben has kept the show on the road for over sixty-five years and he still tours with several bands including Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen, Cody Canada, Kevin Fowler, Cory Morrow, and Willie Nelson.  He is a trailblazer and a shining example of humanity whose story will inspire generations to come.  KING OF THE ROADIES will leave you a changed person, if for no other reason than spending an hour and half with Ben.  For more information about the film, visit www.kingoftheroadies.com

 

Meet Ben Dorcy (Part 2)

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Enjoy this sneak preview from the upcoming documentary KING OF THE ROADIES.

Join the Kickstarter campaign and help raise funds to finish the film about Ben Dorcy, the world’s oldest Roadie.    Then we can all see the finished film.

Visit www.kingotheroadies.com

www.Kickstarter.com — search for KING OF THE ROADIES project.

Thank you.