Loved Musician Who Recorded with Elvis Presley and Opened for The Beatles Dies at 75

June 26, 2019Jun 26, 2019

Some sad news was just reported out of the music world. Jerry Carrigan, one of the most beloved musicians in Nashville, has passed away.

Carrigan was 75-years-old at the time of his death. The famous session drummer who played and recorded with several legends including Elvis Presley, Waylon Jennings, and Kenny Rogers, passed away in Chattanooga.

According to USA Today, Carrigan's illustrious career began at the age of 13. At that time, he cut a Nashville session with Little Joe Allen and the Off Beats. He spent the next several years with FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

In 1964, Carrigan's drumming became even more famous when he played in the Muscle Shoals backing band that opened for the Beatles' first ever United States concert. In 1965, he moved to Nashville to pursue music full time.

Some of country music's most famous tracks include Carrigan, including "The Gambler, "Behind Closed Doors," "He Stopped Loving Her Today," and "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line."

Carrigan was loved throughout the music scene. Several people have posted about his death. Below are some of the heartwarming statements that have come in regarding Jerry:

Charles Hughes said, “More sad news today:  RIP to the great drummer Jerry Carrigan. His playing helped launch the Muscle Shoals sound and he became a go-to drummer in Nashville’s 1960s/1970s boom. His influence on pop music- R&B, country and otherwise- is hard to calculate.”

Please be praying for Carrigan's family and loved ones during this time. Share your prayers here! In other recent news, a beloved James Bond actor just passed away as well