Henry Strzelecki

Henry Pershing Strzelecki (August 8, 1939 – December 30, 2014) was a Nashville studio musician who performed with Chet Atkins, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Eddy Arnold, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Ronnie Milsap, Merle Haggard, and many others.

Henry Strzelecki
Birth nameHenry Pershing Strzelecki
Born(1939-08-08)August 8, 1939
Birmingham, Alabama
DiedDecember 30, 2014(2014-12-30) (aged 75)
Nashville, Tennessee
GenresCountry, Rock & Roll
InstrumentsBass guitar, guitar, harmonica
Associated actsChet Atkins, Hank Garland, others

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Strzelecki began playing country music in his teens.[1] He wrote the novelty song "Long Tall Texan," which was a hit for The Beach Boys. He worked with Chet Atkins for many years, both in the studio and on tour. He was considered a primary member of the Nashville A-Team and worked with nearly every star to come out of Nashville in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.[2]

In 1987 he was nominated for Bassman of the Year at the 23rd Academy of Country Music Awards.[1]

Strzelecki was struck by a car in Nashville on December 22 and died of his injuries on December 30, 2014.[2][3]

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  1. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. "Henry Strzelecki: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Oermann, Robert K. "Session Great Henry Strzelecki Passes". Music Row. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  3. ^ Meyer, Holly (January 2, 2015). "Studio musician dies from crash injuries". The Tennessean. Retrieved March 14, 2016.