Former Steel Guitarist for Opry Stars Dies

The Associated Press reports that Katz Kobayashi — former steel guitar player for Marty Robbins, Bill Anderson, Johnny Russell, Jeanne Pruett, Alan Jackson and other Grand Ole Opry stars — died at his home in Panama City Beach, Fla., on Feb. 8 of complications from a stroke. In the early 1990s, he performed on the Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach, S.C. A native of Japan, Kobayashi was 60 at the time of his death.