Jerry Carrigan, a famed drummer who worked with such artists as Elvis Presley, George Jones, Kenny Rogers, Porter Wagoner and more, passed away last Thursday in Chattanooga at the age of 75. No cause of death was revealed.
Carrigan helped create the Muscle Shoals sound, and appeared on several early FAME records. In 1964 played in the Muscle Shoals back up band, which opened for The Beatles at their first U.S. concert in Washington, DC.
Carrigan is credited with playing on such well-known songs as Waylon Jennings’s “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line,” Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Middle Aged Crazy,”” Rogers’ “The Gambler,” Ray Stevens’ “Everything Is Beautiful,” and more.