Guitar Whiz Eldon Shamblin Dies

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.