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Legendary Don Helms Dies

Don Helms, the steel guitar legend best known as a member of Hank Williams’ Drifting Cowboys band, died at age 71 after a long illness, Monday morning, Aug. 11.


Don provided the signature steel sound on several of Hank’s hits, including “Cold, Cold Heart” and “Why Don’t You Love Me.” He was also an in-demand session musician and played on such classic hits as Lefty Frizzell’s “Long Black Veil” and Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ After Midnight.” In the past several years, Don had been playing steel guitar for Jett Williams, the daughter born to Hank Williams and Bobbie Jett. He was inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 1984.

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