Saturday, 27 June 2009

Bill Harrell, 1934-2009

Thanks to Lilly Pavlak for these photos of George William 'Bill' Harrell, taken at IBMA's World of Bluegrass 2008, when he received a Distinguished Achievement Award. The picture below shows him with his friend Larry Stephenson, a former member of Bill's band, the Virginians.

Bill Harrell suffered a stroke on Friday 12 June, and died at home on Wednesday 24 June. Viewing will be on Sunday evening, 28 June, from 6.00 to 8.00 p.m. at Chesapeake Christian Fellowship Church, Central Ave., Davidsonville, MD. The funeral will be at 10.00 a.m. on Monday at the same church. Condolences may be sent to 938 St George Barber Road, Davidsonville, MD 21035.

The original Bluegrass Blog's post of 19 June includes some fine footage of Bill Harrell, Don Reno, and the Tennessee Cutups on the Porter Wagoner show in 1968.