Bobby Emmons, who penned Waylon Jennings’ classic “Luckenback, Texas” and played on Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds,” has died. The “Memphis Commercial Appeal” says the noted session musician and songwriter passed away at a Nashville hospital on Monday at the age of 72. Emmons launched his career in Memphis, performing with the Bill Black Combo and serving as the house keyboardist for Hi Records and American Studio before relocating to Nashville. Over the course of his career Emmons played on numerous pop hits from the 1960s and early ’70s, including Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man,” and B.J. Thomas’ “Hooked on a Feeling.” Thomas is remembering Emmons via Twitter, extending his thanks to Bobby and calling him “one of the greats.”
Emmons also played sessions with Chuck Berry, Roy Orbison, Garth Brooks, and many others. His list of hit songs includes Tanya Tucker’s “Love Me Like You Used To,” George Strait’s “So Much Like My Dad,” and Jennings’ chart-topper “The Wurlitzer Prize.” Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson are some of the other stars who recorded Bobby’s songs.