Rockabilly Pioneer Mac Curtis R.I.P. 1939-2013

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Death follows earlier car accident.

 By Fred Mills

 Rockabilly fans received sad news yesterday: the legendary Mac Curtis (“Say So,” “If I Had Me A Woman,” “You Ain’t Treatin’ Me Right”) passed away Monday night in Weatherford, TX, following a car accident injury a month ago that put him in the hospital and, latter, a nursing home. His sister, Cindy Winters, is quoted as telling the Dallas Morning News,He went to the nursing home for rehab after the accident, and it turned out he had a subdural hematoma that kept growing and growing and ultimately burst. It was a shock. It was sudden. He was taken to the hospital after the accident, and they did a CAT scan and didn’t determine anything. All they can say is it must have been a tiny brain bleed that just grew and grew and grew.”

 He was 74. The Fort Worth-born Wesley Erwin Curtis Jr., a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, had been performing since the early ‘50s, having signed to the King label and going on to weather the periodic rise and fall of rockabilly’s popularity in the United States. He was considered a much bigger star in Britain and in Europe and he performed well into the modern era.

 According to the report, Curtis’ sister indicated that a memorial will take place “one week from Saturday at the Spring Creek Baptist Church in Weatherford… [She] says it was where her brother started performing when he was a teenager.”

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