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Buckaroo Tom Brumley dies

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 – Tom Brumley, a member of Buck Owens' Buckaroos, died Wednesday at 73 in San Antonio.

Brumley, the son of gospel songwriter, Albert E. Brumley, who wrote I'll Fly Away, began his musical journey at 14. He is best known for his work as a member of The Buckaroos in the 1960s. He can be heard on Together Again, Tiger By The Tail and Act Naturally.

Brumley left Owens in the late 1960s and later teamed up with Rick Nelson in his Stone Canyon Band. He played on Nelson's big hit Garden Party.

Brumley won an Academy of Country Music award for steel guitar and was inducted into both the Texas Steel Guitar Hall of Fame and International Steel Guitar Hall of Fame.

Brumley also played with Desert Rose Band, Rose Maddox, Waylon Jennings, Dwight Yoakam, Steve Warner, Rod Stewart, Chris Isaak, Merle Haggard, Reba McEntire, Sara Evans, Janie Fricke, Burton Cummings and Martina McBride.

Brumley's passing leaves drummer Willie Cantu as the lone Buckaroo. Owens died in 2006, Don Rich in 1974 and Doyle Holly in 2007.

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