Don Helms, steel guitar master, passes on.
October 7, 2008 7:56 AM Subscribe
posted by flapjax at midnite (9 comments total)
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, the steel guitarist in Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys band, died
on August 11. He was 81. Don provided the smooth-as-silk string stylings for over 100 of Hank's tunes, including Hey Good Lookin'
and I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
. See Don demonstrate some of that steel guitar goodness in a snazzy version of Blues Stay Away From Me
, or this instrumental rendition of Hank's Cold Cold Heart
, or this sprightly little number, Fireball Mail
Also, don't miss this dusty old relic from the early days of TV, the Kate Smith Evening Hour, presented by new Wonder-Sudsing BAB-O! There's a great live version of Cold Cold Heart, and the duet with Hank Williams and Anita Carter that closes the clip is lovely: a rare chance to see Hank in duet with a female singer. Check it out
And just for good measure, let's give the bass player some, eh? Drifting Cowboy Lum York