It was overshadowed by the news about James Gandolfini, but Chet Flippo, who had an enormous effect on rock journalism, basically bringing country into the mainstream, has just died.

I didn't know Chet , although we were Facebook "friends'' (whatever that may mean), but had enormous respect for his work, and the tributes pouring in from people's lives he touched are obviously sincere, and heartfelt.

Here's a link to one of the obituaries, and to two of  the many great pieces he's written, about the Stones and Dolly Parton.

A smart, tough writer, fan and editor.  Those Fort Worth boys mean business.

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Comment by Kyla Fairchild on June 20, 2013 at 5:17pm

Very sad news.  I saw on Face Book that his wife died back in December and that he never recovered from the loss. I always think it's kind of poetic when life partners die so close together like Johnny and June did.

Here's a link to a great feature article in the ND archive that Chet wrote about Doug Sahm back in 2000.

Comment by Paul Wilner on June 20, 2013 at 6:36pm

Great piece on a great musician, Kyla. Thanks for sharing. I remember Dylan citing Sir Douglas as one of the (few) bands he publicly praised. Makes sense that Chet would hook up with Doug and Jerry Wexler, kindred spirits indeed.

 The notes from Doug's journal are very poignant, and it took a special kind of talent to see that, and know they were worth recording.

Here's an obit of Chet's wife, Martha; she sounds like she was an amazing person as well. I'm glad they found each other.

Comment by Douglas Strobel on June 29, 2013 at 11:49am

I read the Doug Sahm piece first & then saw that Chet had passed...RIP Chet I always enjoyed your work....I saw Doug @ Great American Music Hall in San Francisco in early '70's...& he played the shit out of a slow blues....I was familiar with & liked his "pop" records but had no idea of his history as a "musician" or that he was a child prodigy on steel guitar...but that performance on guitar blues remains a revelation to me....RIP Doug Sahm pax doug


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