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Guy Clark (1941 - 2016)

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Guy Clark (1941 - 2016)

Guy Clark, a Grammy Award-winning country music singer-songwriter, died May 17 at his home in Nashville, Tennessee, according to multiple news sources. He was 74.

Born Nov. 6, 1941, in Monahans, Texas, Clark eventually moved to Nashville, where he wrote and performed.

Two of his songs, "L.A. Freeway" and "Desperadoes Waiting for a Train," have been covered by a number of recording artists.

Other artists have covered his songs including Jimmy Buffett, Jerry Jeff Walker, Johnny Cash, Ricky Skaggs, and Rodney Crowell.

In 2014, Clark won his one and only Grammy for best folk album, "My Favorite Picture of You." He released nearly two dozen studio albums during a career that spanned five decades.

He was a member of the Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame and the Academy of Country Music.


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In a post on Facebook, Crowell paid tribute to his friend by attaching an image of Clark and Crowell jamming in a recording studio. Crowell also updated his profile picture with an image of the two performers onstage together.

Johnny Cash’s daughter, Rosanne Cash, also posted a photo to Facebook showing her playing with Clark and Crowell.

Texas musician Radney Foster said on his Facebook feed that Clark “was a hero, mentor, and friend. I would not be the songwriter I am today if it weren’t for Guy Clark.

“Godspeed, old friend.”

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