Sunday, February 08, 2009

Tom Brumley dies at 73; steel guitarist for Buck Owens and Rick Nelson

Tom Brumley, a legendary steel guitarist who contributed to the "Bakersfield sound" of Buck Owens and the Buckaroos in the 1960s before spending 10 years performing with Rick Nelson, has died. He was 73. During his years with Owens, from 1963 to 1969, Brumley traveled the world and played on landmark recordings such as “Together Again,” "I've Got a Tiger by the Tail" and “Act Naturally.” Brumley, whose "pure" steel sound was known in the music industry as "The Brumley Touch," received an Academy of Country Music Award for No. 1 Steel Guitarist in 1966. Over the last decade, he performed or recorded with artists such as Chris Isaak, Merle Haggard, Glen Campbell, Waylon Jennings, Ray Price, Reba McEntire, Rod Stewart and Martina McBride. Born in Stella, Mo., on Dec. 11, 1935, Brumley was the third of six children. Their father was Albert E. Brumley, a gospel singer, composer and music publisher whose songs included "I'll Fly Away," "I'll Meet You in the Morning" and "Turn Your Radio On." Brumley was later inducted into the Texas Steel Guitar Hall of Fame and the International Steel Guitar Hall of Fame...

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