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Died On This Date (May 17, 2016) Guy Clark / Revered Texas Singer-Songwriter

Posted by themusicsover on May 17, 2016

Guy Clark
November 6, 1941 – May 17, 2016

guy-clarkGuy Clark was the true embodiment of a “songwriter’s songwriter.”  Born in Texas, Clark’s name is rarely excluded when conversations turn to the greats from that state. Alongside contemporaries like Townes Van Zandt and Jerry Jeff Walker, Clark laid down the foundation for what is now simply called Texas Music or Texas Country.  His lyrics, served over mostly sparse blues folk instrumentation, tended to come as close to being called literature as songs could get.  As a performer – and most of the time armed with little more than his acoustic guitar or maybe a second and a fiddle, Clark could leave an audience holding its collective breath in anticipation of the next word coming from his mouth – and many times, that was during his talk leading up to the song. He eventually settled in Nashville where he and his wife, Susanna Clark, often welcomed local songwriters into their home where they could work on perfecting their craft in informal workshops.  This open houses often hosted the likes of Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell, and Steve Young.  Clark’s songs have been hits for such country luminaries as Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, and Rodney Crowell.  For his own recordings, Clark garnered numerous accolades, including a Best Folk Album Grammy for his 2014 release, My Favorite Picture of You.  On May 17, 2016, Guy Clark died following a courageous battle against cancer.  He was 74.

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Died On This Date (July 1, 2011) Charlie Craig / Celebrated Nashville Songwriter

Posted by themusicsover on July 1, 2011

Charlie Craig
September 30, 1938 – July 1, 2011

Charlie Craig was a respected Nashville songwriter whose Grammy nominated catalog includes hits he penned for the likes of Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, George Strait, Alan Jackson, and Travis Tritt.  A gifted musician as well, Craig began performing in clubs when he was barely out of high school. By the time he hit his early 30s, he was living in Nashville and forging a name for himself as a songwriter to reckon with.  He remained in demand for the next 40 years.  In 2009, he released his autobiography, Old Memories and Me.    Charlie Craig was 73 when he died of cancer on July 1, 2011.

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Died On This Date (March 30, 2011) Harley Allen / Country Singer & Songwriter

Posted by themusicsover on March 30, 2011

Harley Allen
June 23, 1956 – March 30, 2011

Harley Allen was a country singer and highly sought-after songwriter.  Born to bluegrass legend Red Allen in Dayton, Ohio, Allen eventually landed in Nashville and began releasing a string of albums with his brothers, the Allen Brothers, and on his own.  In 2002, his voice could be heard on the Grammy-winning “Man Of Constant Sorrow” from the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.  As an in-demand songwriter, Allen penned or co-wrote charting records for the likes of Garth Brooks, Dierks Bentley, Del McCoury, Alan Jackson, Alison Krauss and many many more.  His “The Baby” ended up being a huge hit for Blake Shelton.  Harley Allen died of lung cancer on March 30, 2011.  He was 55.

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Died On This Date (February 3, 2011) Ron Baird / CAA Nashville Talent Agent

Posted by themusicsover on February 3, 2011

Ron Baird
DOB Unknown – February 3, 2011

Ron Baird was a talent agent and one-time head of Creative Artists Agency’s Nashville office.  Baird joined the CAA team in 1991, opening their Nashville “office” in his garage.  The current office is now served by a staff of more than 50.  Over the years, Baird helped guide the careers of such country superstars as Clint Black, Alan Jackson, Reba McIntire, Martina McBride, and many more.  Ron Baird died from complications of Parkinson’s Disease on February 3, 2011.  He was 60.

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Died On This Date (June 25, 2009) Tim Krekel / Played With Jimmy Buffett

Posted by themusicsover on June 25, 2010

Tim Krekel
October 10, 1950 –  June 25, 2009

Tim_KrekelTim Krekel was perhaps best known as part of Jimmy Buffett’s band for nearly ten years.  Both on tour and on record, Krekel contributed to Buffett’s success, particularly on his Son Of A Son Of A Sailor.  Over the years, Krekel also toured with Bo Diddley, the Eagles, and Delbert McClinton.  As a songwriter, Krekel has been recorded by the  likes of Canned Heat, Alan Jackson, Patty Loveless, Crystal Gayle and Martina McBride.  Tim Krekel died of cancer at the age of 58.

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