Jimmy Capps Cause of Death – Jimmy Capps Death Dead: Jimmy Capps Obituary

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Jimmy Capps, a versatile guitarist who played on some of the biggest country hits of the 1970s and ’80s and was a member of the Grand Ole Opry’s house band for more than five decades, died here on Monday. He was 81.

His son Mark confirmed the death but did not specify the cause.

Known among his peers as the “master of smoothness” for his seemingly effortless technique, Mr. Capps was a guitarist on signature hits like Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man,” George Jones’s “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and Barbara Mandrell’s “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool.”

He also contributed the filigreed acoustic guitar figure to Kenny Rogers’s “The Gambler” and the gutbucket electric guitar riff to the Oak Ridge Boys’ “Elvira.” All five of those records reached No. 1 on the Billboard country singles chart; “Elvira,” “The Gambler” and “Stand By Your Man” were major pop hits as well.

According to his website, Mr. Capps played on more than 500 recording sessions a year at the peak of his career, many of them under the supervision of renowned Nashville producers like Billy Sherrill and Owen Bradley.


  1. Michelle I want to send my condolences to you and the familes I watched every show he played on. I loved how they called him the sheriff. He was a quiet man but no one will ever play as he did. Take care of yourself. Sending love and blessings

  2. We always enjoyed watching him perform and was shocked to see he had passed away. Sincere thoughts to his wife and family.

  3. Rest in God’s Care, you are loved and will be missed.

    Prayers Michelle for you and all the family. I enjoyed seeing him and you on Country’s Family Reunion. God Bless you with peace and comfort. Prayers **

    Brenda Whitehead
    Jacksonvile, Florida

  4. Michelle, I was watching the CMA awards and saw that Jimmy had passed away in June. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Jimmy was a precious gift to music. My 90 year old dad met you and Jimmy on the Country Family Reunion cruise in 2019. My dad enjoyed seeing Jimmy and listening to him play. God Bless your family. Sandi and Asa Miller

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