Bobby Emmons passed away on February 23, 2015 in a Nashville hospital. He was 72. Emmons, born in Corinth, Mississippi, was a singer, songwriter and musician. His talent on piano and organ made him a sought after musician in the Nashville and Memphis music scenes. Emmons performed with and contributed his talents to famed musicians Wilson Pickett, Garth Brooks, Townes Van Zandt and Roy Orbison, among many others. Emmons played on Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds," Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man" and Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline." Emmons co-wrote the song "Lukenbach, Texas" recorded by Waylon Jennings. The song reached the number one spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles in 1977. That song, the anthem of what became known as "Outlaw Country," is credited with shedding light on musicians' frustration and constraints of the Nashville music scene. Enjoy a slideshow of photos below of Bobby Emmons performing with Dan Penn in Vernon, Ala., on October 16, 2014.
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