Nashville session guitarist and Grand Ole Opry member Jimmy Capps died June 2, 2020 at the age of 81. No official cause of death was given.
Capps began his professional musical career in 1958 with the Louvin Brothers; since then he has shared a stage or recording studio with numerous Nashville and Country music performers including Tammy Wynette, George Jones, The Oak Ridge Boys, Kenny Rogers, Conway Twitty, Alan Jackson, Junior Brown, Andy Williams, Ray Charles, k.d. lang, Tom Jones, Crystal Gayle, George Strait, Barbara Mandrell, Ronnie Milsap, Reba McEntire, and even Alvin and the Chipmunks.
Capps is also listed as a producer on albums for Charlie Louvin, Jan Howard, and Jim & Jesse.
Capps participated in over 500 sessions each year in addition to his Grand Ole Opry performances. And for 20 years, Capps was a member of the house band at the annual Country Music Association Awards ceremonies.
A member of the Musicians, Country Music, and the North Carolina Music Halls of Fame, Capps joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1967. His other accomplishments include being recognized as playing on the most number one hit recordings and the Most Valuable Acoustic Player by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science, the Long Leaf Pine Award from North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt for his contributions to music.
He was born May 25, 1939 in Fayetteville, North Carolina but was raised in Benson, North Carolina and got his musical start at age 12 and later with a group called the Tar Heels.
No list of survivors was given.
feature photo credit: Jimmy Capps website photo gallery