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RIP, Ralph Mooney (March 20, 2011) Steel Guitar Legend

Posted by on March 20, 2011

Ralph Mooney
September 16, 1928 – March 20, 2011

Ralph Mooney was an innovative and influential steel guitar player who launched his career after moving from Oklahoma to California during the 1940s.  By the ’50s, he was a staff player for Capitol Records where he played on records by the likes of Buck Owens, Rose Maddox, Wanda Jackson, and Merle Haggard. He later spent the better part of twenty years playing with Waylon Jennings.  By all accounts, the “Bakersfield sound” may never have been fully realized without the genius of Mooney.  As a songwriter, Mooney made perhaps his biggest mark with the 1956 Ray Price hit, “Crazy Heart,” which he co-wrote with Chuck Seals.  Although he had been retired since the mid ’90s, Marty Stuart coaxed Mooney out of retirement to play on his 2010 Grammy-winning Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions.  Ralph Mooney was 82 when he passed away on March 20, 2011.

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