As we look back on 2021 and before we look forward to 2022, it’s important we take the time to pay tribute to these individuals who left a mark on the country and roots music world that will never fade. Here are the performers, players, songwriters, and others we lost in 2021.
There may not be a more recognizable song from the catalog of country music in the last 35 years than “Friends in Low Places” performed by Garth Brooks. Garth may have popularized it, but like so many of country music’s most legendary compositions, someone else wrote it.
Bobby Vee, Bobby Vinton, Clint Eastwood, David Frizzell, Dewayne Blackwell, Earle Bud Lee, Friends in Low Places, Garth Brooks, Little Richard, Marty Robbins, Roy Orbison, Sammy Kershaw, The Everly Brothers, The Fleetwoods, The Ventures