Country and rockabilly performer Glenn Barber passed away on the 28th of February. He had a heart attack and died holding his guitar in his hands practising for his show at Viva Las Vegas.
Originally a guitar player, he also took up bass, drums, dobro, and mandolin. From 1954 over next few years Barber released numerous countrified rockabilly singles on the label, the last being issued in 1956, just as rock & roll was sweeping the country.
As the '60s arrived, Barber became a disc jockey and featured performer on Houston's KIKK. He and his band, the Western Swingmasters, appeared on the station five nights a week until 1968, when he signed with the Nashville outfit Hickory. There he made his full-length debut with 1970's A New Star. While with Hickory, Barber charted four times, taking songs like "Kissed By the Rain, Warmed By the Sun" (1969) and "Unexpected Goodbye" (1972) all the way to the Top 30. Another Hickory single, "She Cheats on Me," would later be recorded by Roy Orbison. Barber jumped to MMI in 1979, and penned the hit "Everyone Wants to Disco." It was his last charting single, and Barber turned to other interests in the 1980s and '90s, including painting and screenwriting.