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Photo by the great Jay Janner
Guitarist Waylon was part of the Willie Nelson & Family band for 35 years before he retired in 2008. Baldwin County Coroner Stan Zinson says Payne died Saturday morning, at a local hospital. He said Payne got up early in his home in Stapleton, Alabama, feeling ill, and his wife Vicki called an ambulance.
Don Bowman passed away on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. He was 75. Don Bowman often opened for Willie Nelson & Family from late ’70′s until the early ’90′s, when he chose to stay in Branson after Willie Nelson & Family’s long run there. Thanks to Lyn Vyles and Budrock for sharing information and pictures about Don.
Willie wrote the liner notes for one of Don’ Bowman’s albums:
“One thing I like about Don Bowman is that he makes me laugh even when I don’t feel like it. He has always affected me this way. When he was a disc jockey in Lubbock, Texas, he broke up the whole city with this weather forecast, “Fair and warmer and his orchestra”, his Station Break, “This is K something or other serving the Portland-Vancouver area” — remember, he’s still in Lubbock, Texas. I could just see his boss Herman Mullet, driving down a west Texas highway, late for a sales meeting in Odessa, hearing this on his car radio, coming to a screeching halt in the middle of the road, beating his head against the dashboard and screaming, “Where did I go wrong?”
Don Bowman is a funny, funny man — and in this album you will find many opportunities to break up, double over, or split your sides. For instance, “What Kind of Fool Am I” is a very beautiful song that has been butchered by one of the world’s funniest butchers — my funny friend Don Bowman. How Come It Is, She thinks I Don’t Care — well, you pick one, play it, listen, or as Don would say, “List-ten” — and try not to laugh. I guarantee you can’t do it. ”
– Willie Nelson
The talents on Don Bowman are varied. He is a singer and guitarist, a monologist of subtle humor, a song writer and a budding film performer. He has also been a successful disc jockey. Don, who was born in Lorenzo, Texas, was doing turntable duty at a San Diego Radio Station in 1960 when he sent some of his song paradies to RCA Victor’s head man in Nashville, Chet Akins, with the request that he submit the material to Homer & Jethro. Chet did — and Don became a regular contributor to the duo’s albums. Several years later, acting upon Atkins’ advice, Don quit a $20,000 a year broadcasting job in Minneapolis and came to Nashville to be near the writing and recording activity. It was a wise move. In 1963 Bowman was recording his own material in the RCA Victor studio — Chit Atkins, Make Me a Star. Atkins really did, and today Don is a favorite recording artist and Opry laugh-getter. When Don isn’t touring with state shows, he lives in the penthouse of a high-rise apartment building in Nashville and concentrates on songwriting.
Goodbye to an Old Friend
By Joshua Clark
Goodbye to an old friend
As I was driving into work Thursday morning, I heard that country music songwriter and comedian Don Bowman had passed away Wednesday morning at a nursing home in Forsyth. He was 75.
He was one of the funniest men of country music, and counted legends like Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson as his closest friends. He had careers as a D.J., singer, songwriter and comedian.
Bowman recorded eight albums with his biggest single, “Chet Atkins, Make Me A Star,” spending four months on the country charts in 1964, peaking at No. 7 on the Cash Box charts. Other singles include “For Loving You” with Skeeter Davis, “Folsom Prison Blues 2,” and “Poor Old Ugly Gladys Jones” with Jennings, Nelson and Bobby Bare.
He also spent time opening for Jennings, Roger Miller, Merle Haggard, Bare and Bill Anderson. In addition, he spent 17 years on the road opening for Nelson before deciding to stay in Branson.
Bowman had his biggest professional success as a comedian. Throughout his career, he has appeared on the big screen, the small screen, onstage and on record. He received the inaugural award as Comedian of the Year from the Country Music Association, getting the nod over fellow comedians Ben Colder and Homer & Jethro in 1967.
After moving to Branson in the early 1990s, he portrayed “Seemore Miles” for the Moe Bandy Show. As a songwriter, Bowman may be best known for co-writing one of the biggest hits in the career of Jennings, “Just To Satisfy You.” The song hit No. 1 twice, once for Jennings in 1969, and once for Jennings and Nelson in the early 1980s. He also took the old Mother Maybelle Carter tune “The Wildwood Weed” and updated it in the 1960s.
I first met Bowman in 1995 when he was performing with Bandy. He was already a family friend, and that friendship was extended to me. I’d take Bowman to the movies, or to a show, or have a cold adult beverage from time to time, and always had a blast. In 2007, a group of friends and I took Bowman to see Willie Nelson in Joplin. He was treated like royalty by the band and the crew, and I got a story that I still tell to this day. It was without a doubt one of the greatest nights of my life.
Bowman suffered a stroke a few years ago and lost his ability to speak. Even though he had difficulty communicating, he never lost that outlaw twinkle in his eye.
Bowman will be remembered for his warped sense of humor and touching song lyrics. He will be missed. Goodbye old friend…
I had the pleasure of becoming friends with former Senator George McGovern about 4 years ago. His political career had been long over when we met and he came to me as a music lover. He wanted to go to the upcoming Willie Nelson concert and was calling to ask if there was a way I could get him in contact with his old friend Willie. I would get calls like this frequently and continued the conversation. He then said my name is George McGovern and I could tell he was an elderly gentlemen by our conversation and I immediately ask “Senator George McGovern?” and he replied “yes”. George and became friends and he attended several concerts at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.
I also had the pleasure of introducing George to my good friend Stetson Kennedy. We set up a breakfast meeting and it could be one of my most humbling moments. I was eating a muffin between a man who along with Bob Dole created a program that feeds millions children each day through his school lunch program and a man/author who went undercover with the Ku Klux Klan and outed many of their secrets. The impact these men had our world can not be measured. George the children of the world may never know where their meal came from but you will be their hero just by providing a needed meal. That day they made a pact that unfornately neither was able to keep. They made a pact to live to 100 to each other. We lost Stetson last year and George this week. The last time I talked to George I was on my walk and he called me somewhere in South Carolina. We spoke about my walk and told me of his busy schedule. He was his normal sharp self and always generous with his time.
The best story I have about George is when we were at the James Taylor concert. We had arranged for James to talk to George during his intermission and I went and got George out of the crowd to take him backstage. George was excited to see Taylor because they had not seen each other since the 1972 election. I believe if it was possible for 87 year old man to float he was that evening. James Taylor finishes his song before intermission and comes off stage on the other end of the backstage hallway. He immediately makes eye contact with George and actually runs towards George as if he was the rock star. It was a great moment for George and I always wanted to thank James Taylor for making that moment so special a man who deserved to be treated like a rock star. We will miss you George and Thank you for your friendship, wisdom and service.
Charted at #22 on Billboard Hot 100 in November 1961, ‘Jimmy Elledge’s recording of Willie Nelson’, ‘Ain’t it Funny (how time slips away), was his only hot 100 charting single. In 1961, this Willie Nelson penned song also charted at #23 on the Country chart for Billy Walker. It’s become a classic and has charted many more times over the years for others.
Jimmy Elledge, who was a country singer but had more success on the pop charts, passed away last Sunday (June 10) at the age of 69. Details of his passing are sketchy but, according to Willie Nelson’s website, he passed from complications of a stroke. The following was posted on the site:
Willienelson.com just received word that singer Jimmy Elledge has passed away after complications following a stroke. He had a huge hit in the 60′s with the song Funny How Time Slips Away. Here’s a link to hear his version of the Willie Nelson classic. Our condolences go out to his family, friends and many fans.
Elledge got his start in music in his home state of Mississippi’s Future Farmers of America Hillbilly Band; however, Jimmy specialized in the rock songs, often playing Jerry Lee Lewis numbers.
At the age of 18, Elledge sent a demo tape to Chet Atkins and was signed to RCA. His first single, a cover of the Willie Nelson penned Funny How Time Slips Away, went to number 22 on the pop charts (although it didn’t make the country top forty) in early 1962 and earned him a gold record.
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David Roehm Sr., father of David Von Roehm, Luck Films’ partner David Von Roehm, passed away recently. Best wishes to his family.
David Von Roehm:
“David Roehm – my dad – left the stage tonight and went home to see his family and friends left behind. With bravery and grace he faced his illness as he lived his life. A greatest generation WWII vet, actor, restauranteur, jokester, and many other things but largely friend & family man and my hero – he will be missed by many but alive in the hearts of all he touched. Thanks dad – for all you are – an impossible act to follow. Love, Dave Jr. ”
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One of the men who helped Willie Nelson build his long and storied career has died. Chris Ethridge, a country rock bassist who’s perhaps best known as the co-founder of the Flying Burrito Brothers, died Monday (April 23) after being hospitalized in Meridian, Miss. last week.
“WN&F are sad to hear of the passing of Family member & friend Chris Ethridge he was a talented musician & we were honored to call him Family,” Nelson tweeted just after 1PM. Ethridge toured with Nelson for almost eight years and played on his 1978 single ‘Whiskey River.’
Last Thursday, Booker T. Jones tweeted that Ethridge didn’t have long to live. “Just talked to Chris Ethridge, (Burritos, Willie Nelson), hospitalized in Meridian, MS — send love and hope – doctors say he will pass soon,” he said.
Fellow Mississippian Randy Houser was also touched by Ethridge’s gift. “Just found out one of my dear friends passed away. sad day. Chris Ethridge you will be missed. Nobody played it like you brother,” he tweeted. Houser grew up in Lake, Miss., just 45 minutes down I-20 from Ethridge’s hometown of Meridian.
Ethridge founded the Flying Burrito Brothers with Gram Parsons in 1968 and released the critically-acclaimed and influential country rock album ‘The Gilded Palace of Sin’ in 1969. He would also later record with Leon Russell, Randy Newman, Linda Ronstadt and Jackson Browne.
“Gatewood Galbraith was a good friend, and a tireless advocate for the repeal of the ridiculous ban on hemp & marijuana. His book ‘The Last Free Man in America’ says it all.”
– Willie Nelson.
Gatewood Gailbraith died in his sleep in Lexington, Kentucky, on January 4, 2012, from complications of emphysema and pneumonia at the age of 64.
This video was prepared for and shared at a private memorial service for Bee Spears on December 31, 2011, in Luck, Texas.
A Celebration of Bee Spears *Mild Profanity Warning*
Created by David Anderson for the Memorial December 31, 2011 in Luck, Texas.
Music, quotes, and visuals of Bee Spears and family
“We are deeply saddened by the death of Family member Dan “Bee” Spears, long time friend and bassist for Willie Nelson and Family.
We are still in shock and gathering details as the day continues. He apparently died of accidental exposure at his property near Nashville, Tennesee.”