Tommy Crain, Former Charlie Daniels Band Member, Dead at 59

Tommy Crain, guitarist and songwriter for the Charlie Daniels Band from 1975 to 1989, died Thursday (Jan. 13) at his home in Williamson County, Tenn., three days before his 60th birthday. He was a co-writer of the Charlie Daniels Band's Grammy-winning "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," as well as other CDB hits such as "In America," "The Legend of Wooley Swamp" and "Boogie Woogie Fiddle Country Blues." At the time of his death, he was band leader of Tommy Crain & the Crosstown Allstars of Atlanta. "Tommy Crain will always be a part of the CDB family and his music will always be a part of the CDB sound," said Charlie Daniels in a prepared statement. "We have lost a good friend, and the world has lost a unique, creative and precious human being." Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. Donations in tribute to Crain can be made to the Nashville Chapter of Musicians on Call, 1313 21st Ave., Oxford House, Suite 1002, Nashville, Tenn. 37232.

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