According to reports, COUNTRY legend Hargus “Pig” Robbins has passed away at the age of 84.
Hall of the famous pianist, who has worked with stars like Dolly Parton and Bob Dylan, passed away on Sunday.
Sarah Trahern, CEO of the Country Music Association, said: “Hargus ‘Pig’ Robbins is a standout sound for so much historical music from Nashville.
“His talent has spoken for itself through his decades-long career and work as a session pianist with countless artists in a variety of genres.
“Our hearts go out to his friends and family during this difficult time.”
Dozens of tributes were paid to Robbins when news of his death emerged.
Grammy Award-winning singer Travis Tritt posted: “Country band member Hargus“ Pig” Robbins of HOF, who played piano on so many of my first albums has passed away at 84.
“My deepest condolences to his family. A true legendary musician and a gentleman. ”
Film producer and producer John Zaozirny wrote, “RIP for one of the greatest, most influential musicians of all time.”
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And, singer Jesse Dayton, who has worked with Johnny Cash, said: “RIP Hargus Pig Robbins, the greatest country pianist of all time, who has played on thousands of records and influenced the world. Countless country & rock n roll piano players for decades.
“This guy isn’t just a pianist, he’s written pieces stuck in the head of the universe.”
Robbins, who went to Tennessee School for the Blind, took piano lessons by ear after taking lessons at age 7.
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A school superintendent once told him, “You’re as dirty as a little pig,” and that nickname was attached to his classmates.
Robbins has worked with singers such as Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers and Patsy Cline.
He was the pianist on Bob Dylan’s 1996 song Blonde on Blonde.
Robbins revealed that he was diagnosed with cancer in December 1999.
He told the Nashville Cats in 2007: “I started chemotherapy and it numbed my fingers – so I had to take a break around April, I think, of that year.
“After about a year, I felt a little better and knew I was going live so I thought I’d start trying again.”
Robbins says the more he plays, the more the feeling will come back, adding: “It’s kind of a therapy.”
https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/4576257/hargus-pig-robbins-dead-country-music/ Hargus ‘Pig’ Robbins dead – Country Music Hall of Fame member who played with Bob Dylan & Dolly Parton dies aged 84