After decades in the business, Willie Nelson has been able to establish connections with some of the greatest talents in country music. Many of those connections turned into long-lasting friendships, such as the one he shared with songwriter and musician, Larry Butler.
The two have maintained their friendship since the start of Nelson's career. Butler performed with Nelson mere weeks ago, just like he had many times before. It was the last time the two friends would ever share the stage.
Nelson broke the sad news to his fans on Thursday (May 18) that Butler had passed away on Sunday (May 14). Keeping his tribute simple, Nelson wrote, "Goodbye to a great friend and musician." He also shared a few photos of the two of them together, one dating way back to the beginning of both of their careers.
Butler's obituary states that he "passed away peacefully...surrounded by his loved ones." He was 85 years old.
In addition to playing with Nelson, Butler performed for many of country music's biggest stars. He was also a respected member of the Texas country community, and was known as the "Country Gentlemen."
"His music touched all those who heard it, because Larry Butler, above all else, played for the love of the music and the crowds who came to hear it," his obituary reads.
Butler is survived by his three daughters, Tammy, Tina, and Teresa, his brother, Roy, sister, Billie, and his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His final resting place will be at the Garden Park Cemetery in Conroe, Texas.
Like Nelson, we too will miss Butler and his music. You can remember his incredible talent by watching him perform with Nelson and the late Ray Price in the clip below.
Our prayers go out to Butler's loved ones during this sad time.
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