Rusty Wier

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Rusty Wier
Birth name Russell Allen Wier
Born (1944-05-03)May 3, 1944
Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.
Died October 9, 2009(2009-10-09) (aged 65)
Driftwood, Texas, U.S.
Website http://www.rustywier.com/

Russell Allen "Rusty" Wier (May 3, 1944 – October 9, 2009) was an American singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas.[1] Wier's career dates back to the 1960s and covers multiple music genres.[2] Wier was the drummer in the Austin garage rock band The Wig, whose 1965 single "Crackin' Up" (a Wier composition) was included on volume 1 of the Pebbles series of compilation albums.

In the 1970s Wier switched to country-rock and became a fixture on the burgeoning Austin music scene, and had a cult success with the song "I Heard You Been Layin' My Old Lady". But he is perhaps 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.[3] 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.

Death[edit]

In November 2007, Wier was diagnosed with cancer.[4] He died on October 9, 2009, aged 65.[1] He is survived by four children.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rusty Wier Tribute". RustyWier.com. October 9, 2009. 
  2. ^ Goodspeed, John (July 5, 2002). "Applause still Rusty Wier's measuring stick". San Antonio News-Express. 
  3. ^ Moser, Margaret (April 11, 2003). "Phases and Stages: Texas Platter". Austin Chronicle. 
  4. ^ Mueller, Chelsea (November 27, 2007). "Love and War in Texas Rusty Wier Benefit a Success". Dallas Observer. 
  5. ^ "Obituary: Rusty Wier". www.legacy.com. October 9, 2009. 

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