Rusty Wier

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Rusty Wier
Birth name Russell Allen Wier
Born (1944-05-03)May 3, 1944,
Corpus Christi, Texas
Died October 9, 2009(2009-10-09) (aged 65),
Driftwood, Texas

Russell Allen "Rusty" Wier (May 3, 1944 – October 9, 2009) was an American singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas.[1][2]

Wier's career dates back to the 1970s and covers multiple music genres.[3] He is most famous for his composition "Don't It Make You Wanna Dance," which was a minor pop hit for him, but has been covered by, among others, Jerry Jeff Walker, Todd Snider, Chris LeDoux, John Hiatt, and Barbara Mandrell.[4] Bonnie Raitt's version of the song was a country hit when it was included on the Urban Cowboy soundtrack. Wier was inducted into the Austin Music Awards Hall of Fame in 2002.


In November 2007, Wier was diagnosed with cancer.[5] He died on October 9, 2009, aged 65.[1] He is survived by four children.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Rusty Wier Tribute". October 9, 2009. 
  2. ^ "'Rusty' Wier booked for cocaine". The Kingman Daily Miner. June 7, 1981. p. B-3. 
  3. ^ Goodspeed, John (July 5, 2002). "Applause still Rusty Wier's measuring stick". San Antonio News-Express. 
  4. ^ Moser, Margaret (April 11, 2003). "Phases and Stages: Texas Platter". Austin Chronicle. 
  5. ^ Mueller, Chelsea (November 27, 2007). "Love and War in Texas Rusty Wier Benefit a Success". Dallas Observer. 
  6. ^ "Obituary: Rusty Wier". October 9, 2009. 

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