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Legendary session musician and songwriter Fred Carter Jr., the father of recording star Deana Carter, died July 17 at age 76 in Nashville from stroke-related causes.
Fred played on a number of notable sessions and songs during his career, including Marty Robbins' epic "El Paso," "Lay Lady Lay" by Bob Dylan and hits by Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Conway Twitty, among others. He began his career as a staff guitarist on the Louisiana Hayride show. After leaving the Hayride, Fred played a significant role in the development of rockabilly and rock 'n' roll through his work with Dale Hawkins, Roy Orbison and others. Fred was also a prolific songwriter who had cuts by Chet Atkins, Burl Ives and Dean Martin.
The funeral service will be held Tuesday, July 20, in Nashville.