William “Lum” York / Roy Drusky / L.E. White / Melvin Endsley / David Myers / Johnny Bragg / Sam Hogin
Bassist William “Lum” York played in Hank Williams’ Driftin’ Cowboys band during the mid-to-late 1940s. Also known for his comic skills, York performed in Lefty Frizzell’s and Marty Robbins’ bands as well. He died on August 15 at age 85.
Roy Drusky scored several top-10 country hits during the ’60s, including the chart-topper “Yes, Mr. Peters”, a duet with Priscilla Mitchell. A Grand Ole Opry member for over 40 years, Drusky was 74 when he died on September 23.
L.E. White played fiddle in Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys band before turning to songwriting. He is best remembered for the Grammy-winning tune “After The Fire Is Gone”, recorded by both Conway Twitty and Willie Nelson. White died September 7 at age 74.
Songwriter Melvin Endsley penned such hits as “Singing The Blues”, “Knee Deep In Love” and “Bring The Blues To My Door”. He died August 16 at age 70.
Cinematographer David Myers worked on such classic music documentaries as Woodstock, The Last Waltz and Johnny Cash: Live At San Quentin, as well as Bob Dylan’s Renaldo & Clara. He died August 26 at age 90.
Johnny Bragg was the lead singer of the vocal group the Prisonaires, which he formed while at the Tennessee Penitentiary. Their song “Just Walkin’ In The Rain”, which Bragg co-wrote, was an early Sun Records hit. Bragg died September 1 at age 79.
Songwriter Sam Hogin, who co-wrote Don Williams’ hit “I Believe In You” and Martina McBride’s “A Broken Wing”, died August 9. He was 54.