Musician Chris Ethridge Dies

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

Chris Ethridge's resume has so many credits on it, it's hard to know where to begin, but you'd get a good idea of what he meant to music by searching his name on YouTube.

Quickly you see covers of songs that were written by Ethridge, and they are now being performed by some of today's biggest names.

"I think Chris Ethridge belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," says Meridian musician Al Brown, "I think he deserves a street named after him."

Ethridge toured with Willie Nelson in the late 70s, and played on some of Nelson's biggest albums ever, but many remember him most for a band he started with Gram Parsons.

"They started what was called The Flying Burrito Brothers," recalls singer/songwriter Jacky Jack White, "and it's just one of the greatest albums. It's listed by Rolling Stone as one of the most influential country and rock albums."

Ethridge passed away Monday after battling an illness. He is being remembered as much for his friendship as he is for his huge contribution to music.

Chris Ethridge was 65 years old.

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  • by Tommy Location: Greensboro, NC on Apr 24, 2012 at 02:54 PM
    When I was 15 and Chris was 10 he used to come and cheer for me playing Babe Ruth baseball. Today something told me to Google Chris when I had not thought of him in a long time. Maybe Chris was somehow saying goodbye. He was a good kid.
  • by cw on Apr 24, 2012 at 11:09 AM
    Our great loss---Heavens great gain RIP
  • by AL Location: MERIDIAN MS. on Apr 24, 2012 at 03:49 AM
  • by Teresa Location: Meridian on Apr 23, 2012 at 07:35 PM
    Although he accomplished so much in the music world he was still just a goodhearted plain ole boy from meridian!! He will be missed!!!!
  • by Danny Location: Smyrna, GA on Apr 23, 2012 at 06:35 PM
    Chris was one of the most humble and friendliest persons I have ever known. He and I were distantly related and I had not seen him much in the past few years, but I always tried to keep up with him through the good times and the not so good times. RIP Chris.
  • by Cynde Location: Meridian on Apr 23, 2012 at 04:50 PM
    I agree with Al, hall of fame and deserves a street!
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