Eldon Shamblin

Eldon Shamblin, a rhythm guitarist who helped create the sound of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, died Aug. 5 of heart failure in Tulsa, Okla. He was 82.

Shamblin contributed a jazz influence to the Texas Playboys, arranging such swing standards as “San Antonio Rose” and “Faded Love” before leaving the group in 1959.

After Wills’ death, Shamblin joined a group called the Bob Wills’ Original Texas Playboys.

Shamblin toured and recorded with Merle Haggard from 1975 until the mid-1990s.

He released his final solo album at age 80.

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