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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 (June 27, 2012) Susanna Clark / American Songwriter & Artist / Wife Of Guy Clark

Posted by themusicsover on June 27, 2012

Susanna Clark
1939 – June 27, 2012

Susanna Clark was a Texas-born songwriter and artist.  She was also the longtime wife, muse, and occasional song character of fellow songwriting great, Guy Clark.  A one-time art instructor herself, Clark’s paintings have appeared on album covers for the likes of her husband (Old No. 1), Emmylou Harris (Quarter Moon In A Ten Cent Town), and Willie Nelson (Stardust).  As a songwriter, she either wrote or co-wrote songs that were recorded by Emmylou Harris, Carlene Carter, Jessi Colter, Jerry Jeff Walker, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Miranda Lambert.    The Clarks married in Nashville in 1972, and opened their home to friends for jams and master songwriting classes of sorts.  Regular guests included Townes Van Zandt, Crowell, and Earle.  In poor health in recent years, Susanna Clark passed away on June 27, 2012.  She was 73.

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Died On This Date (June 15, 2011) Bill Johnson / Grammy Winning Art Director

Posted by themusicsover on June 15, 2011

Bill Johnson
DOB Unknown – June 15, 2011

Bill Johnson was a longtime art director who helped shape the image of country music packaging during the ’80s and ’90s.  He spent the better part of two decades working at CBS Records where he created artwork for such albums as Willie Nelson’s Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Rodney Crowell’s Diamonds & Dirt, the Dixie Chicks’ Wide Open Spaces, Roseanne Cash’s King’s Record Shop, and the O’Kanes’ Tired Of The Runnin’.  The Cash and O’Kanes packages each earned him Grammys.    Bill Johnson was 68 when he died of lung cancer on June 15, 2011.

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Died On This Date (February 22, 2007) Ian Wallace / Accomplished Studio Drummer; King Crimson

Posted by themusicsover on February 22, 2010

Ian Wallace
September 29, 1946 – February 22, 2007

Ian Wallace was an accomplished session rock drummer who is most often remembered for his short stint in King Crimson during the early ’70s.  He can be heard playing on Islands and their live album, Earthbound.  Throughout the years, Wallace played with a who’s who of rock music.  He played on such albums as Bob Dylan’s Street Legal and At BudokonBonnie Raitt’s Nine Lives, Don Henley’s Building A Perfect Beast, Rodney Crowell’s Houston Kid, Stevie Nicks’ Wild Heart, and many more.  He released just one album, 2003’s Happiness With Minimal Side Effects.  Ian Wallace was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in August of 2006, and subsequently died of it on February 22, 2007.  He was 60.

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Died On This Date (December 16, 1997) Nicolette Larson / Popular Country Singer

Posted by themusicsover on December 16, 2009

Nicolette Larson
July 17, 1952 – December 16, 1997

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Nicolette Larson was a country and pop singer who is perhaps best remembered for her 1978 hit single, “Lotta Love,” a cover of the Neil Young song.  Larson’s angelic voice lead to numerous vocal sessions over the years.  She can be heard singing back-up on records by the likes of Commander Cody, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Young and the Doobie Brothers.  In 1978, Larson released her debut album, Nicolette, which prompted Rolling Stone magazine to cite her as the best female vocalist of 1978.  Larson’s last hit single was a country one, 1985’s duet with Steve Wariner, on “That’s How You Know When Love is Right.”   Later vocal credits include records by Dolly Parton, Weird Al Yankovic, and Jimmy Buffett.  Nicolette Larson was 45 when she died on December 16, 1997 from complications of cerebral edema.

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