Ben H. Dorcy III was born on May 19, 1925 in Dallas, Texas. He grew up in San Antonio and attended Jefferson High School. He ventured into the entertainment industry in 1940 as a performer with “Holiday on Ice” and traveled throughout the United States and Europe from 1940 to 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 would soon return to the world of entertainment to become the world’s first traveling stage hand, the original roadie.
Kinky Friedman said that the way you can tell if a musician is any good is if he has worked with Ben Dorcy. He’s worked with Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Patsy Cline, Waylon Jennings, Buck Owens, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson… and the list goes on and on. They call him Lovey.