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Guitarist Corki Casey O’Dell dies

Famed guitarist Corki Casey O’dell has died at the age of 80.
The musician, born Vivian J. Ray Casey, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday (11May17), just two days before her 81st birthday. She had been suffering with bad health for some time.
O’Dell rose to fame in the 1950s as the only female in a group of rising rockers in Phoenix, Arizona, and performed alongside her then-husband, Al Casey, on Sanford Clark’s crossover hit The Fool in 1956.
She continued to work with the track’s songwriter and producer Lee Hazelwood as a session musician, and in 1957, began collaborating with Duane Eddy, playing on songs like Rebel Rouser and Ramrod, before officially joining his band the Rebels.
O’Dell was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2014, when she was recognised alongside Barbara Mandrell and Velma Smith as the first three females to be honoured.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 50 years, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame star Kenny O’Dell, and their three children, as well as a number of grandchildren and great-grandkids.

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