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Weldon Myrick dead at 76

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Jun 04, 2014 | 5:25am EDT

Legendary session musician Weldon Myrick has died at the age of 76. The steel guitar player, a beloved figure in country music, passed away on Monday (02Jun14) after suffering a stroke. He was best known for his work on recordings by singer Connie Smith, and he also played steel guitar on songs by Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, and Dolly Parton. Born in Jayton, Texas, Myrick began playing steel guitar as a young boy, and he moved to Nashville, Tennessee and began working as a session musician for country singer Bill Anderson. He later joined Smith's backing band, but he eventually left to join the Grand Ole Opry staff band where he was a regular fixture for 32 years. Other classic tracks Myrick performed on include Jerry Jeff Walker's Mr. Bojangles, Long Long Time by Linda Ronstadt, and Chattahoochee by Alan Jackson.

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