Good news from fiddle legend, Tex Logan. After having been hospitalized late last week in hypertensive crisis, Tex has been released into a rehab facility for what is expected to be a short stay for occupational and physical therapy before returning home.
He felt well enough to call in to Buddy Merriam’s radio show last night, and chatted with him on the air. Buddy said that Tex sounded good and was in good spirits.
Logan’s daughter Jody shared this delightful story with bluegrass archivist Fred Robbins, concerning an experience she had when filling out admission papers at the Morris Hills Center where Tex is rehabbing in Morristown, NJ.
“Yesterday after school I went in to sign paperwork. I went to the admissions director and proceeded to sign the barrage of forms. Being extremely tired, at one point I apologized when he referred to Dad as Benjamin. I explained that I was used to hearing my Dad called Tex.
Much to my surprise, the director excitedly exclaimed…’TEX!!! TEX LOGAN? The tall, lanky bluegrass fiddler?’ I said that’s him.
We talked and he was a big bluegrass fan. Had seen him play several times. I left feeling good knowing that Tex will get the ‘royal treatment!’ “
In addition to his work with Bill Monroe, The Lilly Brothers, Peter Rowan and Mike Seeger, Tex is noted in bluegrass circles for his song Christmas Time’s A’ Coming, a perennial holiday favorite.
Interestingly, Logan rarely relied on music for his livelihood, working as an electrical engineer with Bell Labs most of his adult life.
He is 85 years old, turning 86 next month, and fortunately for us, not done yet.
Let’s hope for more good news on this front.