Nashville Industry Friends Say Farewell To David Haley
June 10, 2014 at 12:06 PM (PT)
VINCE GILL and MARTY STUART were among music industry friends who gathered in NASHVILLE today to remember promotion executive DAVID HALEY, who passed away last month (NET NEWS 5/3).
STUART sang “Heaven” backed by two members of his Fabulous Superlatives band members. He also played a clip of a character HALEY created as part of STUART’s SIRIUSXM radio show. As “KING DAVID,” HALEY improvised a hilarious bit about once working for TYSON CHICKEN and overseeing a campaign to develop a team of steroid-fed chickens to pull a wagon -- similar to the BUDWEISER clydesdales.
GILL sang “Go Rest High On that Mountain” and told the audience he wrote it about a brother that passed; he then introduced HALEY’s sister, BRENDA, saying he was honored to sing it for DAVID.
HALEY’s lifelong friend TERRELL MCDANIEL related stories that made the room burst out in laughter but cannot be printed, while CHARLIE MONK and SHANE ALLEN shared memories demonstrating HALEY’s mixture of warmth and his tremendous sense of humor.
HALEY’s daughter CRYSTAL ended the ceremony by reading a letter he had sent to her as she celebrated her 21st birthday some years ago; it was a touching and highly emotional conclusion to a wonderful celebration of HALEY, who will be missed by many friends in MUSIC CITY.