James ‘Spider’ Wilson, one of the most sought-after sidemen at the Grand Ole Opry, passed away Thursday February 27 at the age of 79. His music career spanned six decades, including his stint with the Opry from 1953 to 2006.
The Nashville native, who was inspired by the Opry at a young age, first came into the spotlight in 1947 as a teen, playing backup in Little Jimmy Dickens‘ group. He quickly became known for his electrifying guitar licks and memorable solos. This is also the time he adopted the nickname ‘Spider’ for his tall and lanky frame.
Below is a great video of Little Jimmy Dickens’ hit ‘Waitress, Waitress‘ at the Opry. Featured on the guitar in the backing band is ‘Spider’ Wilson.
Our condolences go out to the Wilson family and loved ones for their loss.
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