After a lifetime of writing songs for the greats including Vince Gill, Robert Earl Keen, and Bill Bragg, singer-songwriter Greg Trooper died at age 61 following a quiet battle with pancreatic cancer.
Trooper was born in Neptune, New Jersey on Jan. 13, his death occurring just two days after his 61st birthday. The musician found a love for music at a young age when he began frequenting Greenwich Village folk clubs as a teenager in the early 1970s. Trooper's writing style has been classified as an incorporation of country, rock, folk and soul.
Trooper made the move to New York City in the '80s, releasing his band's - the Greg Trooper Band - debut album in 1986 featuring the title track "We Wont Dance" that Gill went on to record for his album When I Call Your Name.
In the mid-1990s he moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he spent the following decade recording before making his move back to Brooklyn in 2008. The singer-songwriter was a regular performer at the annual "Freedom Sings" event held at the Bluebird Café in benefit of war veterans and service members.
Trooper's popular tune "Little Sister" was recorded by fellow artists Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, and the great Steve Earle.
“I met Troop at the Lone Star Café in New York in the summer of 1986," Earl said according to The Tennessean. "I was hammered when I got there and in even worse shape when I left. When I came to on an airplane halfway back to Nashville the next day, the only thing I could remember was one amazing song call ‘Little Sister.’ I never forgot it….(It) was ‘Little Sister’ that made me jealous. I learned it and I sang it for audiences and sometimes while I was up there singin' it I would pretend, just for that three minutes, mind you, that I'd written it myself.”
Trooper was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the summer of 2015, a few months after releasing his thirteenth and final album, Live at the Rock Room. Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.
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