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Gerry McGee, Eunice musician who grew to be of "international acclaim" has died

Posted at 6:43 PM, Oct 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-19 19:43:05-04

The Advocate reports that Gerry McGee, a musician originally from Eunice who grew to be of "international acclaim," passed away on October 12. He was 81.

McGee was in Tokyo at the time of his death, performing on his solo tour.

He played guitar on a couple of albums by the Monkees and his resume includes working with stars such as Elvis Presley, Kris Kristofferson, Eric Clapton, and more.

He joined The Ventures in 1968, and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with that group in 2008.

Filmmaker Pat Mire of Eunice explained that McGee was synonymous with rock and roll in America.

"There's no way you could've grown up in America, no way, and listened to rock 'n' roll and not heard Gerry play."

Read more on McGee's life and legacy here.