Please forgive the quality of this photo. It’s William Elliott riding with kids in a Lubbock rodeo, August 1950. The news article mentions The Showdown (1950) as his latest picture.
Here’s Wild Bill in the early 50s with Link Wray and his Ray Men. Link (left) is the genius behind hugely-influential instrumental classics like “Rumble” and “Jack The Ripper.” It’s weird to see two of my heroes in the same picture like this. By the way, Link was from Dunn, North Carolina, which has finally organized a music festival in his honor.
Elliott gets ready for a take. To me, this looks like one of the later, bigger-budgeted Republics.