This Week In Texas Music History: Jimmy Day
This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll remember a man who preferred to let others have the spotlight.
Steel guitarist, Jimmy Day, was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on January 9, 1934, but spent much of his life in Texas. While still a teenager in the early 1950s, he began performing on the Louisiana Hayride alongside such artists as Hank Williams and Elvis Presley. Jimmy Day enjoyed some of his greatest success working with Texas singers, including Jim Reeves, Ray Price, and Willie Nelson.
Jimmy Day played steel guitar with scores of other popular artists, including Ernest Tubb and Patsy Cline, but he was always more comfortable as a sideman, letting others have the spotlight. In the late 1970s, Jimmy Day relocated to the Austin area, where he performed until his death in 1999.
Next time on This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll honor one of the most influential musicians in American history.