Bass Player Henry Strzelecki Dies in Traffic Accident at 75

Wrote the Novelty Favorite “Long Tall Texan”

Renowned bass player Henry Strzelecki died Tuesday (Dec. 30) in Nashville after being struck by a car. He was 75. In addition to playing on such classics as Bob Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde,” Roy Orbison’s “Oh Pretty Woman” and George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” the Birmingham, Alabama, native penned the novelty tune “Long Tall Texan” the Beach Boys recorded and popularized in 1964. Strzelecki recorded and toured with such guitar legends as Chet Atkins and Hank Garland. Among the wide array of other top artists on whose sessions Strzelecki played are Joan Baez, Perry Como, Flatt & Scruggs, Gordon Lightfoot, Jerry Reed, Bobby Bare, Waylon Jennings, Tom T. Hall and Larry Gatlin. A memorial service for Strzelecki will take place Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. at Pennington United Methodist Church in Nashville.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to CMT.com.