Category: Obituary

Ron Murphy passes

| August 25, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Ron Murphy, whose rock-solid bass playing anchored the Cincinnati-area band Muddy River for many years, died this morning, one day short of his 67th birthday.Ron’s kidneys failed in June and he was diagnosed with melanoma. Despite treatment, the cancer spread and he recently entered hospice […]

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Greg Corbett passes

| August 24, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Greg Corbett, North Carolina banjo player, died yesterday (August 24). He was 41 years old, set to turn 42 this next week. Not much information has been released about his passing. Greg died in his sleep Saturday morning, of a suspected heart attack. In the 1990s, […]

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Dick Freeland passes

| August 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Charles R. Freeland, known in the bluegrass world as Dick, passed away yesterday morning, August 14. Along with Bill Carroll and Sonny Compton, Dick founded Rebel Records in 1959. The label has become an institution in bluegrass music, though Bill’s involvement only lasted until 1979 […]

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Ronnie Freeland passes

| August 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Ronnie Freeland, noted bluegrass recording engineer, passed away on July 20 following complications from brain cancer. He was 55 years old. Born May 30, 1959, Ronald (RB) Freeland was the son of Dick Freeland, who owned and ran Rebel Records in the 1960s and ’70s […]

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Gary Phelps passes

| July 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Another Washington State grasser down. Gary Phelps passed away suddenly from a heart attack on July 22, 2014, while at Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia, Washington. Gary Eldon Phelps was born in Olympia, Washington, on November 27, 1939. He served in the Navy, touring the […]

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Carl Chatski passes

| July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Seattle bluegrass music community has lost a long-time member in the person of Carl Chatski, who passed away unexpectedly July 24 at the age of 75. Originally from Baltimore, MD, Carl had lived in the Seattle, WA area for some time. As a younger man, he […]

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Roy McMillan – Ray Edwards pays tribute

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Roy McMillan passed away on July 5, 2014, at his home in Lewisville, North Carolina, after experiencing many years of serious ill health. He was 84 years old. Roy Berlin McMillan was born May 17, 1930, in Fancy Gap in Carroll County, Virginia. When he […]

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John Hutchinson passes

| July 10, 2014 | 1 Comment
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We have learned that prominent festival promoter John Hutchinson passed away earlier this afternoon. Along with his wife Fern, John ran the Central Virginia Bluegrass Festival in Amelia, VA since 1979. He was 83 years old. John had suffered a stroke in January of this year, […]

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Lonnie Hamer passes

| June 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Lonnie Hamer wasn’t famous, but perhaps he should have been. He didn’t excel on stage or in the studio, but the upright basses that passed through his workshop near Hanover, PA, did, and they will continue to do so for many years to come. Hamer […]

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Don Light passes

| June 18, 2014 | 3 Comments
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We have learned of the passing of Don Light earlier today. He was a legend in the Gospel music business, having served as a booking agent and manager to many of the top acts during the 20th Century. His Don Light Agency is regarded as […]

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