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Posts Tagged ‘Hank Williams Jr’

Died On This Date (September 12, 2011) Don Wayne / Wrote Numerous Country Hits

Posted by themusicsover on September 12, 2011

Don Wayne (Born Donald Choate)
May 30, 1933 – September 12, 2011

Don Wayne was a respected Nashville songwriter whose songs have been recorded by a who’s who of country music legends.  Born in Nashville, Wayne took a shine to country music at an early age, often catching his favorite singers on the Grand Ole Opry program on his radio.  In 1953, George Morgan recorded his “Lonesome Waltz” for Columbia Records, making it Wayne’s first major label recording.   In later years, his songs were made into hits by the likes of Lefty Frizzell (“Saginaw, Michigan”), Cal Smith (“Country Bumpkin”), Del Reeves (“The Belles Of Southern Bell”), and Faron Young (“Walk Tall,” which was later recorded by punk band, Stiff Little Fingers).  Wayne’s songs have also been put onto vinyl by Hank Williams Jr., Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, George Jones, and Jerry Garcia, to name a few.  Wayne also recorded a handful of his own albums, and over the years, he was either recognized or given awards to by virtually every country music organization.  Don Wayne was 78 when he passed away on September 12, 2011.  Although cause of death was not immediately released, he was reportedly in hospice care just prior to his death.



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Died On This Date (August 29, 1976) Jimmy Reed / Electric Blues Legend

Posted by themusicsover on August 29, 2010

Mathis “Jimmy” Reed
September 6, 1925 – August 29, 1976

Jimmy Reed was an influential electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter during the ’50s and ’60s.  Throughout a career that began with him busking in Mississippi, Reed released several hit records, including “Bright Lights Big City,” “Big Boss Man,” and “You Don’t Have To Go.”  His songs have been covered by such greats as the Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley and Hank Williams Jr. Unfortunately, Reed’s career quickly to a nosedive due to his heavy alcoholism and bouts with epilepsy.  The fact that his label, Vee-Jay Records, was on its last leg didn’t help either.  This perhaps kept him from attaining legendary status and world fame like many of his contemporaries.  Jimmy Reed was 50 when he passed away on August 29, 1976.

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Died On This Date (August 23, 2006) David Schnaufer / Respected Dulcimer Player

Posted by themusicsover on August 23, 2010

David Schnaufer
DOB Unknown – August 23, 2006

David Schnaufer was a folk musician whose instrument of choice, the dulcimer, can be heard on countless country, Americana and bluegrass recordings.  During the ’80s, he moved from Texas to Nashville where he became one of the most in-demand studio players.  Over the years he’s played on records by the likes of the Judds, Kathy Mattea, Hank Williams Jr., Alison Krauss, and Cyndi Lauper.  He was also a member of alt-country band, the Cactus Brothers which included members of Walk The West.   During the mid ’90s, he became a music professor at Vanderbilt University.  David Schnaufer died of lung cancer on August 23, 2010.  Fellow Cactus Brother, Paul Kirby passed away in 2011.



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Died On This Date (August 11, 2008) Don Helms / Played Steel Guitar For Hank Williams

Posted by themusicsover on August 11, 2010

Don Helms
February 28, 1927 – August 11, 2008

Don Helms’ signature steel guitar can be heard on over 100 Hank Williams recordings.  Throughout his career that spanned over 60 years, Helms played on such classic recordings as “Cash On The Barrelhead” (Louvin Brothers), “Walkin’ After Midnight” (Patsy Cline), and “Long Black Veil” (Lefty Frizzell).  He also played with Johnny Cash, Vince Gill and Hank Williams Jr., among many more.  Don Helms died from complications of heart surgery and diabetes.

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Died On This Date (June 10, 2009) Barry Beckett / Produced Records By Bob Seger, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams Jr.

Posted by themusicsover on June 10, 2010

Barry Beckett
February 4, 1943 – June 10, 2009

barryBarry Beckett was a respected Nashville session musician as well as a producer who’s resume is a veritable who’s who of popular music.  Over the years he’s produced classic recordings by the likes of Bob Dylan, Hank Williams Jr., Bob Seger, Joan Baez, Dire Straits, Etta James, Jerry Jeff Walker to name just a few.  As a musician, Beckett was part of both the storied Fame AND Muscle Shoals rhythm sections, working on such pop music milestones as “Land of 1000 Dances” (Wilson Pickett), “When A Man Loves A Woman” (Percy Sledge), and “Torn Between Two Lovers” (Mary MacGregor).   He passed away in his home at the age of 66.

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