Ace Guitarist Dies At 73

Renowned steel guitarist “Little Roy” Wiggins, 73, died Tuesday at his home in Sevierville, Tenn. The cause of death was unknown. He had suffered from diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses. Wiggins was an original member of Eddy Arnold’s Tennessee Plowboys. The steel guitar ace stayed with Arnold for 25 years, the mid-1940s through the 1960s, providing a “ting-a-ling” sound that distinguished the singer’s recordings. “When you heard him play, you knew it was him and you knew it was going to be an Eddy Arnold record,” Grand Ole Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs told the Tennessean. “Artists’ recordings aren’t that easily identified in this era. There’s no telling how many people took up the steel guitar as a result of hearing the records Little Roy played on.” Wiggins was inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in St. Louis in 1985.