Archive for the ‘Passings’ Category

Rest in Peace Harry Dean Stanton

Thursday, September 21st, 2017


“Thank you, Ben Dorcy”

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

photo:  Cheri Schultz
by:  Hannah Barnes

Ben Dorcy III, a respected roadie for many stars, died Saturday, Sept. 16 at age 92, Chron reports.

Dorcy, who was dubbed the “world’s oldest roadie,” by Willie Nelson, worked for stars including Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, The Highwaymen, George Jones, Hank Williams Jr. and Frank Sinatra.

Nicknamed “Lovey,” Dorcy is said to have invented the concept of a roadie’s job in the 1950s. He got his start on tour with Hank Thompson, later becoming John Wayne’s personal assistant and valet. Dorcy met Nelson while Dorcy was working with Ray Price, and the pair quickly struck up a working relationship that would last for decades.

Towards the end of his life, Dorcy worked with Nelson during the Texas dates of the star’s tours, and spent the rest of his time working with Texas country acts.

Dorcy was the first inductee into the Roadie Hall of Fame in 2009.

After Dorcy’s passing, Willie Nelson‘s Facebook page shared a few words in remembrance of his friend.

“Ben ‘Lovey’ Dorcy was our friend and part of the Willie Nelson Family,” the post read. “Thank you Ben for years of hard work and sound advice. We love you.”


“Ode to Ben”, by Waylon Jennings

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Dave Thomas remembers Ben Dorcy, King of the Roadies

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Ben Dorcy died on Saturday at the age of 92. He has worked with Willie Nelson since the early 1960s
by:  Dave Thomas

I stuck out my hand and one of the roadies — the one pushing 80 years old — took it. For a minute I was that close to John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe. Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. Willie, Waylon and everybody who was somebody in Texas music for the last half-century.

But he shrank back when I introduced myself as a journalist, excusing himself to supervise the packing up of Robert Earl Keen’s gear. Not rude. But not interested in being a story.

That was Ben Dorcy, of course. “The world’s first roadie,” Willie Nelson would tell you. “King of the Roadies,” a documentary film states. “Lovey,” as named by the musicians who treasured him.

Dorcy died on Saturday at the age of 92, after 70 years of working the roads with musicians too numerous to name, but primarily with Willie Nelson since 1960. Yes, he was still working — I saw him in the heat of Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic just a couple months ago.

If you prowled Willie’s Picnic the way I did, you’d see him, too. For several years in a row in Fort Worth, he’d be out and about among the crowd in a morning, getting T-shirts from the merch stands for VIPs backstage. Then in the afternoon, you could spy him backstage watching Kris Kristofferson or Billy Joe Shaver from the wings and smoking his ever-present pipe.

Dorcy might have started out as a “band boy,” but he ended up as a godfather of cool. His presence was a benediction, even if many fans were unaware of the blessing.

A couple years back, Texas Monthly ran an excellent article on Dorcy, talking about his start with country star Hank Thompson, his service in the Navy during World War II and his brief stay in Hollywood, where he worked for John Wayne.

Even as he became a revered part of the Willie Nelson Family over the past 50 years, he took time to work with some of Nelson’s contemporaries, as well as the younger generation of Texas musicians — including Pat Green, Cody Canada, Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen. The number and nature of the secrets that Dorcy took with him Saturday morning must have been quite something.

Dorcy didn’t quite get his due in Willie’s various biographies and autobiographies — the story where Willie’s first wife, Martha, brains Dorcy with a glass ashtray and puts him in the hospital is told a few times in a few ways — but Johnny Bush devotes a page to him in his autobiography “Whiskey River (Take My Mind)” and shares a photo of a tall, thin and clean-shaven Dorcy.

“To me there’s not another person like him,” Bush wrote. “Willie and I have talked about it. We think Ben has hustled the world and that one day he’s just going to turn around and laugh — ‘I had all you guys fooled!’ He’s that kind of individual.”

Dorcy will, eventually, we hope, star in a documentary called “King of the Roadies.” A few years back it was said to be in post-production. Even if we don’t see it, the trailer sure is something.

Houston Chronicle article about the movie shares some good details about the film, which is being directed by Willie daughter Amy Nelson and her cousin Trevor Doyle Nelson. A Rolling Stone article shares a quote from Amy Nelson that explains why Dorcy was so beloved.

“He has no living relatives, yet he is the patriarch of a family of artists, and fellow roadies who love him dearly,” Amy Nelson says of Dorcy. “They call him ‘Lovey’ and he calls them ‘Lovey’. Despite all odds, he shows up to work on tour after tour after tour.”


Read Dave’s entire article here:

Miss Margo Price and Ben Dorcy

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

Rest in Peace, Ben Dorcy

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

Willie Nelson:   Ben Dorcy, The Worlds First Roadie, 1925-2017

“Ben ‘Lovey’ Dorcy was our friend and part of the Willie Nelson Family. Thank you Ben for years of hard work and sound advice. We love you.”


Ben Dorcy worked in the entertainment business on the road for 70 years.  He worked with Willie Nelson & Family,  John Wayne, Waylon Jennings, , Johnny Cash,  Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline and many more.  Up until his passing, Ben still  worked with several bands including Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen, Cody Canada, Kevin Fowler, Cory Morrow, and Willie Nelson.  These artists supported Ben, and put on a fundraising “Bed Dorcy Day” at Floores Country store every year to raise money to care for him.


Presumably at a 4th of July Picnic in the 1970's...Ben Dorcy, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Margot Kidder, and Bee Spears.

Ben met Willie Nelson in the early 1960’s when they were both working for Ray Price.  Ben was the roadie, and Willie was the bass player.  When Willie took his own show on the road, he hired Ben, who was already legendary for his ability to get the job done, despite obstacles and perceived impossibilities.




Thanks to Andy Bush, from Georgia, for his photo of Johnny Bush and Ben Dorcy, who kindly posed for him, at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic.

Old Friends

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Glen Campbell (1936-2017)

Rest in Peace, Glen Campbell

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Rest in Peace, Larry Butler. Thanks for the music

Monday, May 15th, 2017

photo:  Rachel Parker

So sad to learn of the passing of the great Larry Butler today.  Rest in peace.  His dear wife passed away last year.

Another Willie Nelson fan, “Jake” Harrell Jacob Myers, RIP

Monday, May 15th, 2017

“Jake” Harrell Jacob Myers, 72, of Pateros, passed away on April 21, 2017, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, while listening to “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” by Willie Nelson and holding the hands of his two youngest children.

We still miss you, Poodie

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Hard to believe, Poodie left us 8 years ago today. Still miss seeinghim at shows.





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“Most of all, Jan wanted to thank Willie Nelson” RIP RailroadLady

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

I just learned that Jan Moore, aka RailRoad lady passed away yesterday.  She loved Willie Nelson & Family so much.  Her daughter wrote on facebook:

I am very sad to say my mom Jan M. Moore went on to a much better place, she is free from all the pain and suffering. Thank you all for all the kind words, wonderful memories and the fantastic pictures. I was able to read her some of the comments from the other day, got a giggle out her a few times and many many smiles. My daughter said GranJan is like a celebrity! Yes, yes she was!!! She will be greatly missed, but know she had a love of life, and she just wasn’t getting to live it like she wanted anymore. She told me to tell everyone THANKS that bought her a beer at a concert, but most of all she wanted to thank WILLIE!

Jan was always first in line at a show.


Remember this one?
She had labeled it “Willie’s Parker County Homegrown watermelon’s marriage proposal Abilene Tx”

Remembering Billy Nelson

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

May 12, 1958-Dec 24, 1991

Thanks for the music, Leon Russell. RIP

Sunday, November 13th, 2016


Rest in Peace, Leon Russell, who passed away at his home in Nashville, his wife has reported.  He was still recovering from heart surgery earlier this year, but planned on resuming his tour in January 2017.


Thanks, Leonard Cohen, for the music and the poetry

Friday, November 11th, 2016


Leonard Cohen, the singer and songwriter, whose work spanned five decades, has died at the age of 82.

Sony Music Canada confirmed his death on the singer’s Facebook page.

“It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away,” the statement read.

“We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief.” A cause of death was not given.

Canadian Cohen was hugely influential during the sixties and early seventies. His work found a deep resonance with the profound changes in society, and his songs dealt with love and hate, sex and spirituality, war and peace, ecstasy and depression.

He went on to enjoy later success into his eighties and released his final album, You Want It Darker, earlier this year.

Cohen was born in Quebec in 1934 and learned the guitar in his teens and became influenced by the Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca.

He later moved to live on the Greek Island of Hydra and from there wrote his poetry collection Flowers for Hitlerand the novels The Favourite Game and Beautiful Losers during the 1960s.

Cohen’s foray into music began with a visit to New York in 1966 to gain a taste of the city’s thriving folk scene.

There he met folk singer Judy Collins who included two of his songs on her album In My Life.

Cohen soon established himself and became the songwriter for musicians such as Collins, Willie Nelson and James Taylor.