Shenandoah Bassist Ralph Ezell Dies

Funeral services for Ralph Ezell, a founding member of the band Shenandoah, will be held Friday (Dec. 7) in Union, Miss. He died Nov. 30 in South Dakota of an apparent heart attack at age 54. The bassist co-founded the band in 1985 in Muscle Shoals, Ala., with vocalist Marty Raybon, drummer Mike McGuire, guitarist Jim Seales and keyboardist Stan Thorn. Raybon left the band in 1996. Recording for the Columbia, RCA, Liberty and Capitol labels, Shenandoah recorded five No. 1 hits, including “The Church on Cumberland Road,” “Next to You, Next to Me” and “Two Dozen Roses.” According to the band’s Web site, a memorial service is being planned for next week in Muscle Shoals.