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Guitarist Tim Krekel dies at 58

Thursday, June 25, 2009 – Tim Krekel, who played guitar with and wrote songs recorded by Patty Loveless and Martina McBride, and was a Nashville player, died Wednesday of cancer in Louisville, Ky. at 58.

Krekel twice served as lead guitarist with Jimmy Buffett, first in the mid-1970s on the "Son of a Son of a Sailor" album. He also had a solo career going with "Crazy Me" out in 1979 on Capricorn, which soon went broke. He started another band, the Sluggers, which had two albums. After the group split, he returned to Buffett's band.

He also played with Bo Diddley, Delbert McClinton, Pam Tillis, Sam Bush and Billy Swan.

As a songwriter, he penned Turning Away, a hit for Crystal Gayle, and co-wrote two hits with Matraca Berg, You Can Feel Bad sung by Loveless, and Come Around, recorded by McBride. Others recording his songs included Rick Nelson, Jerry Reed, Kathy Mattea, Delbert McClinton, B.J. Thomas, Vern Gosdin, Jason and the Scorchers and Aaron Tippin.

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