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On August 13, 2021.

On August 13, 2021, Nanci Caroline Griffith died aged 68. She was musician (guitar), singer and songwriter, toured and recorded with The Crickets, John Prine, Iris DeMent, Suzy Bogguss, Judy Collins, Emmylou Harris, Mary Black, John Prine, Don McLean, Jimmy Buffett, Dolores Keane, Willie Nelson, Adam Duritz, The Chieftains, John Stewart, Darius Rucker and Buddy Holly’s band. In 1994, Griffith won “Grammy Award” for “Best Contemporary Folk Album”, in 1995, she was awarded the “Kate Wolf Memorial Award” by the “World Folk Music Association”, and in 2008, the “Americana Music Association” awarded her its “Americana Trailblazer Award”. Griffith released 18th studio and 2 live albums.

On July 3, 2020.

On July 3, 2020, “Legacy Recordings” label released “First Rose of Spring”, the seventieth Willie Nelson studio album. It was recorded in 2019 at “The Tracking Room”, UMG Studios”, “Blackbird Studios” and “The Tone Dock” Nashville, “Pedernales Studios” in Austin, and was produced by Buddy Cannon.


  • Willie Nelson – Trigger, vocals
  • Buddy Cannon – acoustic guitar, background vocals
  • Bobby Terry – acoustic and electric guitar, steel guitar
  • Mike Johnson – steel guitar
  • Catherine Marx – piano, B3 organ, Wurlitzer, Rhodes
  • Mickey Raphael – harmonica
  • Kevin “Swine” Grantt – upright bass
  • Larry Paxton – upright bass
  • Chad Cromwell – drums
  • Lonnie Wilson – drums
  • Sari Reist – strings
  • Kristin Wilkinson – strings
  • David Davidson – strings
  • Connie Ellisor – strings
  • Alicia Enstrom – strings
  • Anthony La Marchina – strings
  • Dave Angell – strings
  • Monisa Angell – strings
  • Jerry Bifano – strings
  • Karen Winkelmann – strings
  • Kristin Wilkinson – string arrangements
  • Melodie Cannon – background vocals
  • Ward Davis – background vocals
  • Tony Castle – recording, mixing
  • Steve Chadie – recording
  • Andrew Mendelson – mastering
  • Luke Armentrout – mastering assistant
  • Kevin Boettger – assistant engineer
  • Michelle Freetley – assistant engineer
  • Matt Leigh – assistant engineer
  • Steve Mazur – assistant engineer
  • Nick Molino – assistant engineer
  • Bryce Roberts – assistant engineer
  • Bobby Terry – additional engineer
  • Bobbi Giel – mastering assistant
  • Andrew Darby – mastering assistant
  • Shannon Finnegan – production coordinator
  • Steven Lamb – copyist
  • Micah Nelson – artwork
  • Alexandra Dascalu Nelson – back cover photo

Track listing:

  1. First Rose of Spring – Randy Houser, Allen Shamblin, Mark Beeson
  2. Blue Star – Willie Nelson, Buddy Cannon
  3. I’ll Break Out Again – Sanger D. Shafer, A. L. “Doodle” Owens
  4. Don’t let the Old Man In – Toby Keith
  5. Just Burnin’ Around – Pete Graves
  6. Our Song – Chris Stapleton
  7. We Are the Cowboys – Billy Joe Shaver
  8. Stealing Home – Maria Cannon-Goodman, Casey Beathard, Don Sampson
  9. I’m the Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised – Wayne Kemp, Bobby Borchers, Mack Vickery
  10. Love Just Laughed – Willie Nelson, Buddy Cannon
  11. Yesterday When I Was Young – Charles Aznavour, Herbert Kretzmer

On January 31, 2019.

On January 31, 2019, Harold Ray Bradley died aged 93. He was musician (guitar) and music producer, part of the Nashville A-Team of session players. He recorded and performed with numerous musicians including Ernest Tubb, Red Foley, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Bill Chinnock, The Everly Brothers, Slim Whitman, Loretta Lynn and Willie Nelson. Bradley is regarded as one of the most recorded guitarists in the history of music. As leader he released five albums.

On January 11, 2017.

On January 11, 2017, Thomas Douglas Allsup died aged 85. He was musician (guitar) and music producer, working in western swing, rock and roll, and rockabilly genres. He recorded, performed and produced with Buddy Holly, Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, Ritchie Valens, J.P. “the Big Bopper “Richardson, The Ventures, Ronnie Smith, Willie Nelson, Zager & Evans, Waylon Jennings, and Roy Orbison.

On December 16, 1997.

On December 16, 1997, Nicolette Larson died aged 45. She was songwriter and singer, recorded and performed with The Doobie Brothers, Marcia Ball, Rodney Crowell, Linda Ronstadt, Michael McDonald, Willie Nelson, Commander Cody, Steve Wariner, Jimmy Buffett, The Beach Boys, but was best known for his work with Neil Young. As a leader she released 13 albums.

On November 4, 1997.

On November 4, 1997, “MCA” label released “Deuces Wild”, the thirty fifth B.B. King studio album. It was recorded in 1997, and was produced by John Porter and Chris Lord-Alge.


  • B.B. King – vocals, guitar
  • Keith Richards – guitar
  • Eric Clapton – guitar
  • Ronnie Wood – guitar
  • David Gilmour – guitar
  • Bonnie Raitt – guitar
  • Michael Landau – guitar
  • Marty Stuart – guitar
  • Hugh McCracken – guitar
  • Dean Parks – guitar
  • Neil Hubbard – guitar
  • Chris Stainton – piano, keyboards
  • C. J. Vanston – Hammond B3 organ
  • Paul Carrack – Hammond B3 organ, keyboards
  • Bill Payne – keyboards
  • D’Angelo – keyboards
  • Leon Pendarvis – organ
  • Jon Cleary – piano
  • Jools Holland – piano
  • Tommy Eyre – piano, Wurlitzer
  • Darryl Jones – bass guitar
  • Pino Palladino – bass guitar
  • Reggie McBride – bass guitar
  • James “Hutch” Hutchinson – bass guitar
  • Mick Jagger – vocals, harmonica
  • Mickey Raphael – harmonica
  • Tony Braunagel – drums
  • Charlie Watts – drums
  • Steve Jordan – drums
  • Kenny Aronoff – drums
  • Andy Newmark – drums
  • Jim Keltner – drums
  • Paulinho da Costa – percussion
  • Lenny Castro – percussion
  • Jamil Sharif – trumpet
  • Brian Murray – trumpet
  • Darrell Leonard – trumpet
  • Joe Sublett – tenor saxophone
  • Carl Blouin – tenor saxophone
  • Greg Smith – baritone saxophone
  • Daniel P. Kelley – French horn
  • Yvonne S. Moriarty – French horn
  • Andrea Byers – violin
  • Sid Page – violin
  • Armen Garabedian – violin
  • Berj Garabedian – violin
  • Norman Hughes – violin
  • Tamara Hatwan – violin
  • Bruce Dukov – violin, viola
  • Larry Colbert – cello
  • Martin Tillman – cello
  • Miles Tackett – cello
  • Dane Little – cello
  • Marston Smith – cello
  • Kenneth Yerke – viola
  • Robert Becker – viola
  • Paul Waller – programming
  • Simon Climie – programming
  • Harry Bowens – background vocals
  • Terence Forsythe – background vocals
  • Vincent Bonham – background vocals

Track listing:

  1. If You Love Me – with Van Morrison
  2. The Thrill Is Gone – with Tracy Chapman
  3. Rock Me Baby – with Eric Clapton
  4. Please Send Me Someone to Love – with Mick Hucknall
  5. Baby I Love You – with Bonnie Raitt
  6. Ain’t Nobody Home – with D’Angelo
  7. Pauly’s Birthday Boogie – with Jools Holland
  8. Confessin’ the Blues – with Marty Stuart
  9. Hummingbird – with Dionne Warwick
  10. Let the Good Times Roll – with Zucchero
  11. Keep It Coming – with Heavy D
  12. Cryin’ Won’t Help You Babe – with David Gilmour and Paul Carrack
  13. Night Life – with Willie Nelson

On August 21, 2008.

On August 21, 2008, Murrey Mizell “Buddy” Harman, Jr. died aged 79. He was a musician (drums), as the first house drummer for “The Grand Ole Opry” can be heard on over 18,000 recordings. He recorded for artists such as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Martha Carson, Dolly Parton, Brenda Lee, Tammy Wynette, Kenny Rogers, Barbara Mandrell, Loretta Lynn, Roy Orbison, Connie Francis, Chet Atkins, Marty Robbins, Ray Price, Roger Miller, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Eddy Arnold, Perry Como, Merle Haggard, Reba McEntire, and Gillian Welch.

On July 16, 2020.

On July 16, 2020, James Oldaker died aged 68. He was a musician (drums, percussions), member of Rogues Five, Bob Seger Band, Leon Russell Band, Frehley’s Comet, and The Tractors, but was best known as the drummer for Eric Clapton. Oldaker recorded with musicians and bands such as The Bellamy Brothers, Asleep at the Wheel, Peter Frampton, The Gap Band, Marcy Levy, Stephen Stills, Leon Russell, Ace Frehley, Freddie King, and The Bee Gees. In August 2005, Oldaker released “Mad Dogs & Okies”, a collection celebrating the music and musicians of Oklahoma, with guest musicians Eric Clapton, Vince Gill, J. J. Cale, Willie Nelson, Ronnie Dunn, and Bonnie Bramlett.

On June 22, 2019.

On June 22, 2019, Jerry Kirby Carrigan died aged 75. He was a musician (drums) and record producer. He first achieved widespread recognition as a member of the original Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and later as a session musician in Nashville, regarded as one of the creators of the Nashville sound known as “Countrypolitan”. He has recorded with Elvis Presley, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Charley Pride, Paul Anka, John Denver, Jerry Lee Lewis, Waylon Jennings, Bobby Bare, Ray Stevens, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Levon Helm, Dolly Parton, Leon Russell, Ronnie Hawkins, George Jones, Henry Mancini, Al Hirt, Johnny Mathis, and the Boston Pops Orchestra. In 2009 Carrigan was inducted into the “Nashville Cats”, by the “Country Music Hall of Fame”; in 2010 he was inducted into the “Alabama Music Hall of Fame”, and in 2019 Carrigan was inducted into the “Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum”.

On April 23, 2012.

On April 23, 2012, John Christopher “Chris” Ethridge died aged 65. He was musician (bass, piano), member of International Submarine Band and The Flying Burrito Brothers. He has worked with Gram Parsons, Nancy Sinatra, Judy Collins, Leon Russell, Delaney Bramlett, Bill Withers, Johnny Winter, Randy Newman, Ry Cooder, Linda Ronstadt, Gene Clark, The Byrds, John Prine, Johnny Rivers, Jackson Browne, Arlo Guthrie, The Doors, Graham Nash and Willie Nelson.