Jimmy Capps has passed away at the age of 81

03/06/2020

Musicians Hall of Famer, 60-plus-year Grand Ole Opry member, guitarist and session musician Jimmy Capps has passed away at the age of 81. Capps began playing guitar when he was 12 years old and in 1958 joined the Louvin Brothers’ band. That job led to his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry stage a year later, which is the same year he became a member; Capps joined the house band in 1967 and played lead guitar every week up until his death. As a session musician, Capps’ work was featured on recordings including George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler,” Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man,” the Oak Ridge Boys’ “Elvira,” Barbara Mandrell’s “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool,” Reba McEntire’s “How Blue,” Alan Jackson’s “Here In The Real World,” and George Strait’s “Amarillo By Morning.” Capps was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame alongside Randy Bachman and Peter Frampton in 2014, and was a 2018 inductee into his home state of North Carolina’s Music Hall of Fame. Last year, Marty Stuart and Vince Gill announced the Grand Ole Opry House’s band room would be officially known as the Jimmy Capps Music Room


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