Singer-songwriter and outlaw country legend Billy Joe Shaver dies aged 81

Singer/songwriter Billy Joe Shaver performs on stage at Belly Up Tavern on March 8, 2015 in Solana Beach, California
(Image credit: Daniel Knighton/FilmMagic)

Billy Joe Shaver, the singer, songwriter and guitarist whose songs were recorded by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley and others, died on Oct. 28 in Waco, Texas, after suffering a stroke. He was 81.

Upon the news of Shaver’s death, friends and peers shared public tributes.

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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.