One of the greatest, if not the greatest, steel guitar player in the history of country music, Weldon Myrick passed away earlier today after suffering a stroke. Weldon was a member of the Grand Ole Opry Staff Band for 32 years, beginning in 1966. While he retired from the Staff Band in 1998, he remained active in the music business.
He was a former member of Bill Anderson's Po' Folks Band from 1963 until 1965, after which he joined Connie Smith's band for several years. He also toured with Jean Shepard, Bobby Lord, Billy Walker, Norma Jean, Loretta Lynn, and a host of others. He was also a songwriter and performed movie soundtracks.
He was also featured on a number of television shows including those hosted by Johnny Cash, Jim & Jesse, Stu Phillips, Bill Anderson, Jimmy Dean, Hee Haw, and more recently, Marty Stuart. Many associated his work with Connie Smith and he performed on a number of her recordings, along with recordings by Bill Anderson, Billy Walker, Jeanne Pruett, Skeeter Davis, Elvis Presley, Roy Clark, and just about anyone else associated with country music.
Weldon was a member of the Texas Steel Guitar Hall of Fame and the International Steel Guitar Hall of Fame. He was a ROPE Award winner and had received the Texas Music Pioneer Award.
When the Country Music Hall of Fame started the rotating Musicians category several years ago, may felt that Myrick would be one of the first to be elected in that category, but sadly that did not happen.
Prayers and thoughts go to the family of Weldon Myrick.