Buddy Emmons Dies

Buddy Emmons, 78, who earned a name as the world’s foremost steel guitarist and played with the likes of Little Jimmy Dickens, Ernest Tubb, and Ray Price, died July 29. 

Emmons was discovered by Dickens in 1955, making his “Grand Ole Opry” debut as part of Dickens’ backing band. He spent several years with Ernest Tubb’s Texas Troubadours, Ray Price’s Cherokee Cowboys, and The Everly Brothers, formed two guitar companies, and co-wrote “Are You Sure” with Willie Nelson.

He was also a sought-after session guitarist, finding work with artists including Ray Charles, Linda Ronstadt, George Strait, Willie Nelson, and Trisha Yearwood, among others.