Eldon Shamblin, guitar virtuoso, Western-swing architect and member of the
Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Western Swing Hall of Fame, died of heart failure on
Wednesday in Tulsa, Okla., according to the Associated Press.
Shamblin, who was 82 at the time of his death, worked with country-swing forefather
Bob Wills for 23 years, playing guitar, arranging songs and handling many of
the band's administrative duties.
After Wills died, Shamblin continued to record with Wills' former band, the Texas
Playboys, as well as with honky-tonk icon Merle Haggard. He won a
Grammy in 1994 for his arrangement of the Wills tune "Red Wing" for pop-country band
Asleep at the Wheel.