Category: Obituary

Paul Craft passes

| October 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Nashville songwriter Paul Craft, who had a brief career in bluegrass, died this morning after being ill the past few weeks. Craft had been hospitalized just hours after being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on October 5. He was 76 years old. As […]

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Norman Wilson passes

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Norman Wilson, mandolinist and tenor vocalist with Primitive Quartet, died yesterday while hunting with friends in North Carolina. It is presumed that he had a heart attack, and he died in the woods. He was 70 years old. On October 15 at roughly 2:30 p.m., Norman […]

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Regina Bartlett passes 

| October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Regina Ann Bartlett passed away suddenly on October 1, 2014, while attending the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh, North Carolina. She had been enjoying herself jamming into the early hours, but passed away in her sleep later that morning. A resident of Watsonville, […]

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Johnny Vincent passes

| October 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Johnny Vincent, a life-long bluegrass performer, and father of Darin and Rhonda Vincent, died this morning after a long illness. He was the banjo player for the Vincent family’s bluegrass band, The Sally Mountain Show, when Rhonda and Darin were young. He also appeared as […]

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Hal Wylie passes

| October 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Hal Wylie, guitarist, vocalist, and long time sidekick of Roger Sprung, passed away on September 20. He was born in the Bronx, NY on May 21, 1930, and was a fixture in the early days of the folk music scene in Washington Square Park in […]

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Larry McPeak passes

| September 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Larry McPeake, bass player and singer with The McPeak Brothers, died this morning in Bristol, VA. He had spent the past week hospitalized and his health had been rapidly declining. He was part of the historic trio with his brothers Dewey and Mike, hailing from […]

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Martha Spencer passes

| September 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Martha Spencer, long-time matriarch of The Spencer Family bluegrass Gospel show, passed away on August 29 at the age of 89. She and her husband, Mitchell, toured as The Spencer Family for more than 40 years from their home in Kentucky, and left a legacy of […]

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Phill Morley passes

| September 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
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British banjo ace Phill Morley passed away on Wednesday morning, 27 August, 2014, in Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex. He had been ill for some time and had had major heart attacks on three occasions in recent years. Born on March 13, 1952, Morley was a […]

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Tom Riggs passes

| September 3, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Thomas W. Riggs, founder of Pinecastle Records and a long time bluegrass entrepreneur and impresario, died on Saturday (8/30) with his family by his side. He was 78 years of age, and had been in declining health this past four years. Riggs came to the bluegrass […]

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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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