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Vassar Clements dead at 77

Discussion in 'Music Ministry' started by Bro. Curtis, Aug 16, 2005.

  1. Bro. Curtis

    Bro. Curtis <img src =/curtis.gif>
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    Oct 25, 2001
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    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Vassar Clements, a fiddle virtuoso and A-list studio musician who played with Paul McCartney and an array of others, died at his home Tuesday after a battle with lung cancer, his daughter said.

    Clements, 77, was hospitalized for 18 days earlier this year, receiving chemotherapy and other treatment.

    “He had no quality of life since he’d been diagnosed,” said daughter Midge Cranor, who added that the cancer had spread to his liver and brain.....

    ...During his career, he recorded on more than 2,000 albums, joining artists as varied as McCartney, Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, the Grateful Dead, Bruce Hornsby, Hank Williams Jr., the Byrds, Woody Herman and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band....

    ...Clements, who appeared in Robert Altman’s 1975 film “Nashville,” taught himself to play at age 7 and had no formal training. The first song he learned was “There’s an Old Spinning Wheel in the Parlor.”

    “It was God’s gift, something born in me,” he said about his talent. “I was too dumb to learn it any other way. I listened to the (Grand Ole) Opry some. I’d pick it up one note at a time. I was young, with plenty of time and I didn’t give up. You’d come home from school, do your lessons and that’s it. No other distractions.....

    ...He was employed at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a year in the mid-1960s, working on plumbing. At various times, he also worked in a Georgia paper mill, was a switchman for Atlantic Coast Railroad, sold insurance and had a potato chip franchise.


  2. atestring

    atestring New Member

    May 3, 2001
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    What a wonderful Master of the fiddle.
    He has left the world better than he found it.
    May he rest in Peace
  3. Mike McK

    Mike McK New Member

    Sep 14, 2001
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    That's really a shame. Other than Stephane Grappelli, he was probably the best fiddler I ever heard.
  4. Baptist in Richmond

    Baptist in Richmond Active Member

    Mar 2, 2003
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    Wow, I didn't know this.
    Thanks for the link, Bro. Curtis.

    Indeed, it is a shame.

    Hope all of you are having a fantastic week,