OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Byron Berline, a celebrated fiddler who played with superstars appreciate Elton John, the Rolling Stones and owned a widespread Oklahoma instrument shop, has died. He became 77.
Bette Berline, Byron’s wife, confirmed his death to The Associated Press. She acknowledged he became hospitalized after suffering a stroke and that on Saturday his “lungs gave up and so did his coronary heart.”
Bette recalled her husband as a fun and loving father and husband, who until soon earlier than his death looked and acted appreciate a man 20 years youthful.
“He became greater than a musician, an incredibly proficient musician,” she acknowledged. “He became an acceptable, appropriate man.”
A 3-time National Fiddle Champion, Berline grew up in Grant County alongside the Oklahoma-Kansas state line and worked with track greats appreciate John, Vince Gill and Bob Dylan. The Stones recruited Berline for “Country Honk,” a country model of “Honky Tonk Ladies,” in conserving with Gram Parsons’ recommendation.
Berline moved to Guthrie in 1995 and opened the Double Quit Fiddle Store & Music Hall, which became destroyed by a fireplace in 2019. He later opened a brand contemporary shop across the avenue.
Berline became additionally survived by his daughter and four grandchildren, Bette Berline acknowledged.