R.I.P. Bobby Caldwell, Missouri Country Music Hall of Fame Member

Bobby Caldwell

Bobby Caldwell, guitarist extraordinaire and Missouri Country Music Hall of Fame member, passed away on the morning of November 8, 2009, after a long struggle with cancer.

Caldwell is remembered as an icon of country music and one of the most influential guitar players in St. Louis. Over a career that started in the '50s, Caldwell played with a host of legends, including Ray Price, Carl Smith, Sammi Smith, Johnny Bush and Barbara Mandrell, just for starters, and his impeccable tone and Chet Atkins-style guitar can be heard on recordings by country singer Barbara Fairchild. He also appeared with Ike Turner, Little Milton and Chuck Berry, and for years had been the go-to guitarist for the International Steel Guitar Convention, held in St. Louis each September.

A wake for Caldwell will be held at the Kutis Funeral Home at 10151 Gravois today from 3 to 9 p.m. and a funeral service will be held at the same location on Thursday, November 12 at 11 a.m.

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