June 25, 2009 / 5:02 PM / 10 years ago

Songwriter Tim Krekel dies at 58

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - Guitarist and songwriter Tim Krekel, who played with the likes of Jimmy Buffett, Bo Diddley and others, has died, a statement on his website said on Thursday.

Krekel, 58, died on Wednesday at his home in Louisville, Kentucky. His health had deteriorated after undergoing surgery for abdominal cancer, the statement said.

He played numerous gigs in Nashville and toured widely with his own bands as well as others’, collaborating with Delbert McClinton, Billy Swann and Kris Kristofferson.

He joined Buffett’s band as lead guitarist in the late 1970s, and left the group to start a solo career that included the albums “Crazy Me” and “Over the Fence.” He later formed Tim Krekel & the Groovelbillys and honed his roots-rock style.

Krekel’s songs were recorded by numerous artists that included Rick Nelson and Canned Heat. Crystal Gayle had a hit with his song “Turning Away” and Patty Loveless with “You Can Feel Bad.”

Reporting by Pat Harris and Andrew Stern

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