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Died On This Date (August 13, 2013) Tompall Glaser / Country Music Great

Posted by themusicsover on August 13, 2013

Tompall Glaser
September 3, 1933 – August 13, 2013

tompall-glaserTompall Glaser was one of the original so-called “outlaws” of country music. Alongside the likes of Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Billy Joe Shaver, Glaser put Nashville on watch by working, living, and playing outside the mainstream country music rules of the ’70s.  Born in Spalding, Nebraska, Glaser initially moved to Nashville with his brothers to sing back up for Marty Robbins.  The brothers were also making their own records before Tompall went off on his own.  Over the course of his solo career, he released around a dozen albums that included hit country singles like “Put Another Log On The Fire” and “It’ll Be Her.”  Perhaps his most famous song however, “Streets Of Baltimore,” found its glory thanks to being covered by the likes of Gram Parsons, Bobby Bare, the Statler Brothers, Charley Pride, and Norah Jones‘ country group, the Little Willies.  Meanwhile, Glaser and his brothers opened Glaser Brothers Sound Studio, or as it was affectionately known around town, Hillbilly Central.  The compound quickly established itself as the fostering ground for the “outlaw” movement.  As it took hold, even RCA Records had to react by releasing Wanted! The Outlaws, a compilation of previously released tracks by Glaser, Nelson, Jennings, and Jessie Colter.  Glaser’s contribution, “T For Texas,” reached #36 on the Country Singles charts and is considered one of the milestones of the era.  The album itself, released in 1976, became the first Country album to sell over 1 million copies as it reached #1 on the Country Album charts and #10 on the Pop Album charts.  Glaser continued to record with his brothers until 1982 and released one last solo album in 1986 before selling the studio and retiring from the music business altogether.  Tompall Glaser died following a long undisclosed illness on August 13, 2013.  He was 79.

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Died On This Date (June 30, 2001) Chet Atkins / Country Music Icon

Posted by themusicsover on June 30, 2010

Chet Atkins
June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001

Chet Atkins was one of the most influential musicians to come out of Nashville. And yet, he was much more than that. Atkins worked on the business side as well, spending some time as an artist manager as well as Vice President of RCA Records‘ country division where he remarkably signed Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, Bobby Bare, Connie Smith and Jerry Reed to name just a few. As a producer, Atkins made hits for Elvis Presley, Perry Como, Eddy Arnold, Waylon Jennings and many more. The sounds he created on record are credited as being one of the foundations of what would become known as the Nashville Sound. Atkins’ style of playing was itself influenced by the great Merle Travis and is one of the most difficult sounds to imitate, earning him the nickname, “Mister Guitar.” Over the course of his career, Atkins won fourteen Grammys, nine Country Music Association awards, and the Billboard Century award. He was also inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, invited to the White House to play for every president from Kennedy to Bush Sr., and had a stretch of highway in Georgia named after him. Atkins died of cancer on June 30, 2001.

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Died On This Date (May 9, 1999) Shel Silverstein / Respected Singer-Songwriter

Posted by themusicsover on May 9, 2010

Shel Silverstein
September 25, 1932 – May 9, 1999

Shel Silverstein was, among many other things, a musician, composer, and singer-songwriter.  Over the course of his career, he released no fewer than a dozen albums and amassed a catalog of songs which include those that have been recorded by Dr. Hook, Belinda CarlisleEmmylou Harris, Bobby Bare, Lou Rawls, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Loretta Lynn, to name just a few.  Silverstein’s most celebrated songs were “The Cover of the Rolling Stone,” a huge hit for Dr. Hook, and “A Boy Named Sue,” whose iconic Johnny Cash recording won him a songwriter Grammy in 1970.   On May 10, 1999, Shel Silverstein was found in his home, dead of a heart attack.  Although official reports indicate that he could have died on either May 9th or 10th, most sources cite the 9th as the day of his passing.

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Died On This Date (November 15, 2003) Speedy West / Pedal Steel Great

Posted by themusicsover on November 15, 2009

Wesley “Speedy” West
January 25, 1924 – November 15, 2003

SpeedyWestSpeedy West was one of country music’s greatest pedal steel guitarists.  He is best remembered for his work with Jimmy Bryant and Tennessee Ernie Ford.  Born and raised in and around Springfield, Missouri, West learned to play the peddle steel at an early age, and after WWII, he and his young family moved to Los Angeles to follow his dream after learning of tremendous opportunities for musicians in the area.   His big break came in 1948 when Spade Cooley hired him to perform in his big swing band.  West soon met Cliffie Stone who was doing A&R for Capitol Records, and by 1949, he was a full time session player.  It was soon after that West began recording with Bryant.  Over the first five years of the 1950s, West played on upwards of 6000 recordings by over 175 artists.  That list includes Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Jo Stafford, and Johnnie Ray.  During the late ’50s, West worked with Bobby Bare, helping he establish his career, and then playing on his records.  Work for country musicians began to dry up in Los Angeles by the early ’60s, so West moved to Tulsa to manage Fender Instruments’ distribution center.  He continued to play, but not nearly as much as he had in California.  West suffered a massive stroke in 1981 that left him unable to play.  He was 79 when he passed away on November 15, 2003.

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Died On This Date (October 23, 2008) Danny Dill / Wrote “Long Black Veil”

Posted by themusicsover on October 23, 2009

Danny Dill (Born Horace Dill)
September 19, 1925 – October 23, 2008

Danny Dill is primarily remembered as a Nashville songwriter, although he did work as a backing musician during the ’40s and ’50s.  He also recorded several records of his own.  His songs have been recorded by Bobby Bare and Jim Reeves among others.  His most famous song, “Long Black Veil,” has been recorded by the likes of Lefty Frizzell(who had the first hit with it), Johnny Cash, Dave Matthews, the Band, Joan Baez, Ani DiFranco, the Stranglers, the Byrds and Jerry Garcia.  Danny Dill, 83, passed away on October 23, 2008.

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