In addition to a long career as a fiddler in seminal bands like The Lilly Brothers, Tex is the author of the definitive bluegrass Yuletide song, Christmas Time’s A Comin’. The song has been recorded dozens of times by bluegrass artists of all sorts since it was first cut by Bill Monroe more than 60 years ago, not to mention by Johnny Cash, The Oak Ridge Boys and Emmylou Harris among others.
We’ve reported a number of times this past few years about Tex’s health issues, including two hospitalizations this year for hypertensive crises, and in 2011 for a series of suspected mini-strokes. Logan is 85 years of age.
Tex will be in a rehab center over the Christmas season, and his daughter Jody is asking his many friends and fans to consider sending him a Christmas card to cheer him up. Friends and fellow pickers have been visiting regularly to keep his spirits up, but there is nothing like being remembered by folks far and wide during the holidays.
Jody asked everyone to recall the final line of the chorus in her dad’s most famous song: “Christmas time’s a’ comin’, and I know I’m going home.” Since Tex won’t be home for Christmas, you can remember him by sending cards to:
Tex (Benjamin) Logan.
c/o Morris Hills Center
77 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
ATTENTION: ROOM 423
It is hoped that he can return home shortly after Christmas.
Get well soon!