Grand Ole Opry star Mel McDaniel has passed away. While no suprise, anytime some one passes away, it still causes you to reflect. Mel has had it tough the past several years. It seemed like his health issues started when he fell off the stage while performing years ago. Then he had the heart attack, in a coma, a long recovery to get himself well enough to get back onto the Opry stage and to made a new album, and then discovers he has lung cancer, from which he passed away from.
I know Mel's big dream was to get back on the Opry stage and to perform again at the Opry. While he did appear on the Opry when the Opry House reopened and was at the Opry for the 85th birthday celebration in October, he never got to fulfill his dream of singing again on the stage.
His biography has been printed on various sites, including the Tennessean, so I won't go into all the details. But, I will say that I had the opportunity to meet Mel back in the 80s and he was a great, great guy to talk to. Very friendly and outgoing.
The Opry has lost more than its share of legends the past several years, and now we have lost another one.
God bless Mel McDaniel and his family.