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Uptmor, Jr., George R.

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November 25, 1933 - February 26, 2014

Uptmor, Jr., George R.

Born 11/25/33 died 2/26/14. Survived by his wife, Ruby Uptmor, their four children: Pete Uptmor, Ginger Tucker, Gordon Uptmor, Gail Garvey and two grandchildren Kelly Garvey & Shane Sparkman. Service will be held on 3/14/14 at St. Pius X Catholic Parish at 1:30 pm. 

George was a talented fiddle player with extensive experience in various styles of music such as Country, Cajun and Western Swing.  George’s musical experience began at the age of 13.  He would come in from the fields after working with his father and sit and listen to the radio, teaching himself how to play by ear.  In his early years he worked with Charlie Adams, who recorded for both Columbia and Decca Records.   While with Charlie’s band, they worked with Hank Williams Sr. on his last tour in Texas.  George has backed up artists such as Ernest Tubb, Webb Pierce and many more, he has also played on a large number of recording sessions with top artists like Marty Robbins.  He made several European tours with the Grand Ole Opry shows, Hank Thompson and “Box Car” Willie with whom he did a three year stint playing the theatres in Branson, MO.  George has worked with Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys, Rowe Brothers, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Dewey Groom and the Texas Longhorns to name a few.  He also played on the Johnnie High Show for a decade and made his footprint at the Aragon Ballroom.

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Deirdre Sikorski Constantine

April 06, 2014 10:24PM

I was watching a tribute to Merle Haggard tonight which reminded me of George. I googled his name to see if I could find any recent info on him and was sad to read that he had passed just recently. Long story, but in the 90's my husband and I frequented Shuck N Jive in Dallas because they had this great band called the Crawdaddies! We got to know the guys over many, many Friday nights spent eating crawfish & listening to their great music. George U. reminded me very much of my Dad, Sonny. One night I was telling him that and how my Dad played drums and it turns out they knew each other and were in a band together in the late 50's in the Bryan/College Station area!!! What a small world! George was an incredible fiddle player and entertained us on so many nights! In fact we wanted to have the Crawdaddies play at our wedding reception but couldn't work the date out. George would always play "Faded Love" for me, my all time favorite country song. Our deepest condolences go out to his family. Thank you so much for sharing that wonderful man with us.


Lynn Rogers

March 13, 2014 2:27PM

Just learned of George's passing. I worked for Chase Bank in Casa View and have waited on him for many years as well as you, Ruby. He will be missed by all. My prayers are with you and your family.


My InfoHugh Huber

March 12, 2014 9:38AM

I worked with George for years and really enjoyed his friendship and his talent. I know he will be missed by many.


Mary and Stan Taraba

March 12, 2014 9:10AM

We had the pleasure of dancing and listening to George's music when he came to the VFW in Seven Points. Prayers go out to the family. He was a great man.


Johnny Case

March 05, 2014 11:33PM

George Uptmor was a really nice man
and I had the pleasure of playing in bands with him on several occasions, beginning in 1966. Most recently, we were in San Marcos for
the 2009 Western Swing Festival.
I send my sincere condolences to his loved ones.


Gary and Leslie Gordon

March 04, 2014 2:43PM

We just learned of George's passing. He was a dear friend and we will sorely miss him. For years, George and the Bluebonnet Playboys were the staple Friday night entertainers at our restaurant, Fishmongers Seafood Market and Grill on the Bluebonnet traffic circle in Fort Worth. They packed the place and over the years, we became dear, dear friends. We sure will miss you, George. Condolences to the family.