Austin guitar great Denny Freeman, who played with Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan, dies aged 76

Denny Freeman performs in concert for the Austin Music Awards at the Austin Music Hall during the South By Southwest Music Festival on March 13, 2013 in Austin, Texas.
(Image credit: Gary Miller/FilmMagic)

Guitar great Denny Freeman, a staple of the Austin music scene, has died aged 76 after a brief cancer battle. Freeman worked with everyone from Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan to Bob Dylan and Taj Mahal over his more than 50 year career, and played piano and organ in addition to electric guitar.

Freeman was born in Orlando, Florida on August 7, 1944 and spent his teenage years in Dallas, where he played in a rock group called the Corals. He once called Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry and “blues artists on Chess, VeeJay and Excello Records” his first influences.  

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.