He died yesterday from Alzheimer's at the age of 81.
He was a true talent and a great man of his time.
I grew up listening to him because of my parents and then saw him in the original "True Grit" (which was WAAYYY better than the remake). Tom Power on CBC Q did a great show about him and his legacy along with a really good interview with Anne Murray, he was a great talent who nurtured other great talents.
For those who don't know the show they showcase only the best of the best, not necessarily the most popular but the best of what they do. It is a fantastic show on late night PBS on Saturdays, anyone who is a true music lover (not just what you like) should watch. It is entertaining and educational.
He didn't write a lot of his own lyrics but he always chose songs to record that meant something.
Thanks for sharing. He was one of the consummate guitarists of his time.
Apparently when he had Alzheimer's he still did a farewell tour and even though he couldn't always remember all the lyrics he would just stop singing and he could play perfectly well on the guitar note for note the parts of of the song that he had lost memory of the lyrics.