The country music community is in deep mourning over the loss of one of the industry’s greatest legends. At the ripe age of 93, the brilliant guitarist, Harold Bradley, took his final breath here on earth.
His near family broke the news out media outlets following his passing. His daughters issued a statement:
“This is from Harold’s daughters. This morning, Harold died peacefully in his sleep. Many of you know him as a successful musician and no doubt many stories will be told in the coming week. But to us, his greatest accomplishment was being the best dad in the world. We love you, dad.”
Harold was born in raised in the beautiful country of Nashville, Tennessee. For someone with his extravagant talent, he couldn’t have been reared in a more suitable location. He began playing music when he was a youngster and kept up the fun all throughout his 70-year-long career.
His beautiful guitar skills can be heard in a multitude of songs for artists such as Elvis Presley, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, and Willie Nelson, just to name a few.
Following the announcement of his death, some of his devoted friends took to social media to state their condolences. Ray Stevens posted his sentiments to Twitter:
"Learning of the sad news of Harold Bradley's passing this morning, Ray said, 'Every musician in Nashville lost a real friend this morning, and heaven gained another great guitar player. All my best to the Bradley family on the passing of Harold."
Charlie Daniels also took to Twitter: "A pillar of the music known as The Nashville Sound has died. Harold Bradley's contribution to the growth of music city as a recording capital is inestimable. Rest in peace Sir, your musical legacy lives on."
Loretta Lynn took to Twitter as well. "My heart is just broken over the passing of my longtime friend, #HaroldBradley. He played on so many of my records. He and his brother Owen were such a big part of my life in music. They're family to me. I'll sure miss him."
His official cause of death has not been released as of now. We are thankful, however, that Harold didn’t suffer in his passing. He lived a long, happy life full of love, laughter, and lots of country music.
His legacy will not soon be forgotten and his mark will forever be on the country music industry. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.