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Posts Tagged ‘Hank Williams’

Died On This Date (December 16, 2013) Ray Price / Country Music Icon

Posted by themusicsover on December 16, 2013

Ray Price
January 12, 1926 – December 16, 2013

ray-priceRay Price was a legendary country singer, musician and songwriter whose smooth baritone was one of the finest that country music has ever known.  Born in eastern Texas, Price began singing for an Abilene radio station upon his return from WWII. He moved to Nashville during the early ’50s and even roomed with Hank Williams for a bit.  After managing Williams’ Drifting Cowboys, he formed the Cherokee Cowboys in 1953 – a group that at one point or another counted Willie Nelson, Roger Miller, Johnny Paycheck and Johnny Bush as its own.  Over the years, Price scored iconic hits with “Release Me,” “For The Good Times,” and “Night Life,” to name just a few.  He was recognized with two Grammys – for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1971, and for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals with Nelson in 2008.  Price continued to record and perform well into his 80s and was even hoping to do upwards of 100 live dates after learning he had pancreatic cancer in November of 2012.  Ray Price ultimately died from the cancer on December 16, 2013.  He was 87.

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Died On This Date (June 19, 2013) Chet Flippo / Respected Music Journalist

Posted by themusicsover on June 19, 2013

Chet Flippo
1943 – June 19, 2013

chet-flippoChet Flippo was a respected author and music journalist who, over the course of his career was the Editorial Director at CMT and Billboard‘s Nashville Bureau Chief.  Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Flippo served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War before earning a degree in Journalism from University of Texas.  Although his name is practically synonymous with country music for many fans, he was also wrote about rock music as well.  As a contributor to Rolling Stone while he was earning his Master’s during the ’70s, Flippo championed many of the rock musicians of the era.  Before leaving the magazine in 1980, he served as the its New York Bureau Chief and Senior Editor.  He also contributed features to numerous periodicals like the New York Times, Q Magazine, and TV Guide. From there he went to Billboard and later CMT/cmt.com Throughout his career, Flippo penned several books on music as well.  They include Your Cheatin’ Heart: A Biography of Hank Williams, It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll: My On-The-Road Adventures With The Rolling Stones,Graceland: The Living Legacy of Elvis Presley, and  Yesterday: The Unauthorized Biography of Paul McCartney.  Chet Flippo died of pneumonia on June 19, 2013.  He was 69.

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Died On This Date (March 7, 2013) Claude King / Country Music Great

Posted by themusicsover on March 7, 2013

Claude King
February 5, 1923 – March 7, 2013

claude-kingClaude King was a popular country singer throughout the ’60s and ’70s.  Born near Shreveport, Louisiana, King was just 12 years old when he picked up the guitar.  During the ’50s, he became a regular on the widely popular radio program, Louisiana Hayride, often sharing the bill with the likes of Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, and Hank Williams.  In 1961, King signed with Columbia Records’ Nashville label and commenced to release a series of country hits that started with 1661’s “Big River Big Man.”  Later that year, he scored another hit with “The Comancheros.”  His biggest success came in the Spring of 1962.  “Wolverton Mountain” sat at the top of the Country charts for nine of the 26 weeks it resided there.  The record also cracked the Top 10 of the pop charts and went on to sell over a million copies.  The hits continued for the next ten years, with 29 in all finding their way to the charts.   King continued to record and perform well into the 2000s and even found time to act in several movies along the way.  Claude King passed away on March 7, 2013, but not before celebrating his 67th wedding anniversary a few weeks earlier.  He was 90.

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Died On This Date (July 12, 2012) Perry Baggs / Jason & The Scorchers

Posted by themusicsover on July 12, 2012

Perry Baggs
DOB Unknown – July 12, 2012

Photo by Helen Comer/The Tennessean

Perry Baggs was a Nashville-based drummer who is perhaps best remembered for providing the back beat for influential cowpunk band, Jason & the Scorchers. Formed in 1981 by Jason Ringenberg, the band successfully married elements of classic country with the ferocity of punk rock.  Although country rock had been around for years, the Scorchers brought a frenzy to the sub-genre like no one before.  Sure, they might have been somewhat of a novelty around Nashville at first, but once audiences witnessed their feverish shows, they realized that this was no joke and when they witnessed them perform Hank Williams‘ “Lost Highway” it had none of irony of say, the Sex Pistols doing “My Way.”  And Baggs was right there pounding the drums into submission night after night. The band’s fan base quickly grew amongst college students, and EMI Records took notice.  The label released the appropriately titled, Fervor in 1983 and critics and new fans quickly took note.  It landed on several year-end lists and was noted particularly for its ramped up rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Absolutely Sweet Marie.”   A few more albums followed, but by 1990, the Scorchers, without the luxury of the “Americana” movement which was soon to follow, called it quits.  Around the same time, Baggs was diagnosed with diabetes.  During the mid 90s, however, the sounds of classic country was beginning to pop with some alternative rock bands, and the Americana, or alt-country movement was born thanks in part to the foundation built by the Scorchers.  Perhaps because of this, EMI Records released a retrospective of the which include some new tracks, so the Scorchers decided to give it another go to the delight of their sizable cult following around the world.  The band continued to record and tour on and off ever since.  In 2008, the Americana Music Association recognized them with a Lifetime Achievement Award.  On July 12, 2012, Perry Baggs, age 50, was found dead in his home.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (January 15, 2012) Pee Wee Moultrie / Played In Hank Williams’ Drifting Cowboys

Posted by themusicsover on January 15, 2012

Cois E. “Pee Wee” Moultrie
1922 – January 15, 2012

Pee Wee Moultrie is perhaps best remembered as an original member of Hank Williams’ band, the Drifting Cowboys. Born in Alabama, Moultrie began playing the accordion at a young age, and in 1938, Williams hired him to do so in his band.  He stayed in the Drifting Cowboys until 1940.  In that short time he managed to play and sing on at least two Williams songs, “Fan It” and “Alexander’s Ragtime Band.”  Moultrie continued to play at festivals as well as events that honored Williams up until the final years of his life.  Pee Wee Moultrie suffered a fatal heart attack on January 15, 2012.  He was 89.

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