Thursday, December 27, 2012

Music in Memoriam: From Earl Scruggs to Perry Baggs to Kitty Wells and More, This Week's Cover Revisits Those We've Lost in 2012

Posted By on Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Kitty Wells
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My, has it been a devastating year or what? Over the past 12 months, we've lost scores of Nashvillians. Nashvillians who impacted not only local media, politics, culture and business, but also the national and even international landscapes. As always, the Scene's final issue of the calendar year is our "In Memoriam" issue, in which we revisit and eulogize not only Music City denizens who passed away over the course of the year, but also non-natives and non-locals who had ties to Nashville in one way or another. Some of those we lost lived their lives in the spotlight — others were perhaps far lesser known, but played a pivotal part in creating that proverbial spotlight, maintaining it, or telling the rest of us where we ought to be pointing it.

In 2012, we lost talented and influential musicians, music-industry insiders, writers, performers, advocates, critics, fans and experts. The bulk of our music-related obituaries appear on the second page of our cover package, but after the jump I've included a list of the recently departed who were involved in music in one regard or another. If you find the time, please take a minute to peruse the issue and remember those we've lost this year. In some cases, we were fortunate enough to have friends, associates and collaborators of the deceased pen very thoughtful obits for us — Jason and the Scorchers frontman Jason Ringenberg wrote a touching piece on his longtime collaborator and fellow Scorcher Perry Baggs, for instance.

Follow me below to see all the once, former, sometime and honorary Nashvillians who had a hand in music and passed away in 2012. If we overlooked anyone in our coverage, or if you have any fond memories to share about those listed, please let us know in the comments section.

DAVID HALL
1954-2012
Program director; DJ, WRLT-FM Lightning 100

JAYNE ROGOVIN
1959-2012
Media programmer; publicist

CURTIS "SCOOBY" SENIOR
1978-2012
DJ, 101.1 The Beat

CHRIS NEAL
1972-2012
Music journalist

KARSTEN SOLTAUER
1960-2012
Visual artist; musician

DONNA SUMMER
1948-2012
Singer; songwriter; actress; disco diva; glamour icon ("periodic" Nashville and Franklin resident)

ISAAC "DICKIE" FREEMAN
1928-2012
Gospel singer; member, The Fairfield Four

EARL SCRUGGS
1924-2012
Banjo legend

BOB BABBITT
1937-2012
Bass player; member of Motown Records' studio band The Funk Brothers

PERRY BAGGS
1962-2012
Drummer, Jason and the Scorchers; singer; songwriter; former Tennessean archivist

ROLAND GRESHAM SR.
1934-2012
Guitarist

RICHARD FARRELL MORRIS
1938-2012
Percussionist; visual artist

SUSANNA CLARK
1939-2012
Singer; songwriter

BRAD BAKER
1954-2012
Songwriter; sound engineer, The End

KITTY WELLS
1919-2012
Country music legend

BOB WELCH
1946-2012
Singer; songwriter; guitarist, Fleetwood Mac

MICHAEL GODSEY
1964-2012
Musician, Committee for Public Safety and Raging Fire; photographer; artist

DOUG DILLARD
1937-2012
Banjo player; TV hillbilly; country rock pioneer

FRANCES WILLIAMS PRESTON
1928-2012
Former president, BMI

DONNA HILLEY
1941-2012
Music industry executive

JOSEPH "JOEY JELLO" CARROLL
1984-2012
Founder, The Rat Patrol Bicycle Club, Nashville chapter; musician


Other noteworthy songwriters, performers and producers noted in our coverage include:

Willie Ackerman, 73, drummer for Loretta Lynn and others, a staff drummer for the Grand Ole Opry and the TV series Hee Haw.

Larry Butler, 69, producer of Kenny Rogers' career-topping albums including 1978's The Gambler; only Music Row producer to win the Grammy for Producer of the Year.

Levon Helm, 71, drummer, mandolin player and vocalist for The Band, actor and de facto godfather of the Americana movement.

Margaret Ann Buxkamper, 66, one of Nashville's first female sound engineers; particularly noted for work with Nashville Children's Theatre, TPAC and Opryland.

Al DeLory, 82, producer-arranger on Glen Campbell's greatest hits, including "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman" and "Galveston"; part of renowned L.A. session team known as the "Wrecking Crew"; played keyboards on the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds; for many years fronted the Nashville Latin ensemble Salsa en Nashville.

Frank Dycus, 72, veteran songwriter whose more than 500 songs include George Jones' 1992 smash "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair."

Tim Johnson, 52, prolific songwriter whose hits included Jimmy Wayne's "Do You Believe Me Now" and Kellie Pickler's "Things That Never Cross a Man's Mind"; co-founder of The Song Trust with Joey + Rory's Rory Lee Feek.

Rita Lee, 73, co-founder with husband Buddy Lee of Nashville booking agency Buddy Lee Attractions; born Yolanda Gutierrez, later pioneering female pro wrestler under the name "Rita Cortez, the Mexican Spitfire."

Kenny Roberts, 85, known as "America's King of the Yodelers" for hits such as 1949's "I Never See Maggie Alone."

Joe South, 72, pop star, producer, songwriter and session great whose 1969 Song of the Year "Games People Play" remains a standard.

Doc Watson, 89, legendary musician. "I have seen the David, I've seen the Mona Lisa too / I have heard Doc Watson play 'Columbus Stockade Blues.' " —Guy Clark, "Dublin Blues"

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