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Driggs, William King

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1885-1965

biographical statement

William King Driggs Sr. was a Mormon composer and patriarch of the King Family singers.

William King Driggs Sr. was born on October 30, 1885 in Pleasant Grove, Utah. He was a music teacher, but when his salary failed to support his growing family, he formed a family orchestra with his wife Pearl and eight children (Karleton, Maxine, Luise, Alyce, Donna, Yvonne, Bill, and Marilyn) and moved his family to California. They were known as "The Driggs Family of Entertainers" and became well know for their performances in theatres, clubs, schools, and churches in the Western United States. While still in junior high school, Maxine, Luise, and Alyce, the three oldest daughters, adopted their fathers middle name and formed their own vocal group: The King Sisters.

William King Driggs, Sr. died on April 6, 1965.

Citation

Find a Grave website, viewed May 16, 2011: (b. Oct. 30, 1885; d. Apr. 6, 1965)

King Family official website, viewed May 16, 2011 (William King Driggs Sr.; born Pleasant Grove, Utah; music teacher; formed a family orchestra with his wife Pearl and eight children (Karleton, Maxine, Luise, Alyce, Donna, Yvonne, Bill and Marilyn); moved to California; known as "The Driggs Family of Entertainers"; Maxine, Luise and Alyce adopted their fathers middle name and formed The King Sisters)

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

L.D.S. Church academies music departments, 1905-1921

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 650
Scope and Contents Handwritten reminiscences. The date of its composition is uncertain. Driggs writes about his teaching activities in the music departments of several academies owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah, Idaho, Colorado, and Arizona. He also relates his experiences as a student at Brigham Young University.
Dates: approximately 1950