'Drifting Cowboy' Steel Guitarist Don Helms Passes
August 12, 2008 at 8:48 AM (PT)
ALL ACCESS sends prayers and condolences to the family of DON HELMS, the last of HANK WILLIAMS's original DRIFTING COWBOYS band. HELMS passed away of an apparent heart attack this morning (8/11) in NASHVILLE at the age of 81.
HELMS's steel guitar was featured on more than 100 of WILLIAMS's recordings, including "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Cold, Cold Heart" and "I Can't Help (It If I'm Still In Love With You)." He also played steel for PATSY CLINE's "Walkin' After Midnight" and STONEWALL JACKSON's "Waterloo."
HELMS wrote songs that were recorded by BRENDA LEE and HANK WILLIAMS JR., among others. He was inducted into the STEEL GUITAR HALL OF FAME in 1984 and remained active in NASHVILLE's music community until his death.
The funeral will be held THURSDAY (8/14) at 1p (CT) at the FOREST LAWN FUNERAL HOME just outside of NASHVILLE in GOODLETTSVILLE, TN.