Johnny Bush, the Texas nation music star who co-wrote Willie Nelson‘s hit “Whiskey River”, has died, aged 85.

The singer/songwriter handed away on Friday (16Oct20).

A put up on his official Facebook web page confirmed the information, studying, “Texas Country Music Hall of Famer, Country Music legend, nicknamed the Country Caruso, a buddy to everybody within the music enterprise, a buddy to all of his followers, Johnny Bush handed away this afternoon surrounded by his household and a few of his closest mates. Please preserve the Bush household in your coronary heart and prayers. A jewel of a person now we have misplaced.”

Details surrounding his dying haven’t been launched, however Bush had carried out in New Braunfels in Texas final month (Sep20), and had a show lined up in Fort Worth in November.

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Bush performed drums, guitar and fiddle however was greatest recognized for his singing voice.

He launched his largest hit, “Whiskey River”, in 1972 and Nelson recorded the tune on his 1973 album, “Shotgun Willie”. He typically opened reveals with the track.

Willie and Johnny had been former members of Ray Price‘s Cherokee Cowboys band within the early Nineteen Sixties.

Not lengthy releasing “Whiskey River”, Bush was identified with a uncommon situation, known as spasmodic dysphonia, which impacted his voice, however he continued to carry out and loved a profession resurgence within the Nineties.

Bush and Nelson’s friendship continued to the singer’s dying – Johnny was a daily at Willie’s Fourth of July Picnic live performance.



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