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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