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Don Helms

Born: 1927-02-28 - Died: 2008-08-11
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Death Summary: Don Helms died at the age of 81 in Nashville, Tennessee. He is survived by his wife Hazel.

The specifics of his death are unknown at this time.

Who was Don Helms : Helms is best known for being the steel guitarist in Hank Williams’ Drifting Cowboys band. His playing skills can be heard on over 100 songs in the Hank Williams catalog, and can be heard on about every hit he had.

Helms played a double neck 1948 Gibson Console Grande steel guitar without foot pedals.

He played with many artists during his career in country music, some of which include Lefty Frizzell (Long Black Veil), Johnny Cash, and the Wilburn Brothers (The Nashville Tennesseans).

Helms had played with two of the three Hank Williams (Jr. & Sr.)
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  1. Elizabeth (Warr) See Says:

    I remember Don and Hazel coming during the summer almost every year to see Hazel’s mon and dad in Bonifay Mr. & Mrs. Alton Cullifer. Almost everyone in the little community bought gas and groceries from Cullifer’s store. Mr. & Mrs. Cullifer lived in the back of that very small store with their baby daughter Martha (born late in their life) with no A/C but to Don and Hazel and their boys it was a wonderful place to go back and visit.

    I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Hazel and her family. May God bless and keep you.

  2. Davy Mac Says:

    Don Helms will be sadly missed by country fans across the world.

    Don was one of the greatest steel guitarists in the world and his legacy will live on through his music.

    A real legend,God bless.

  3. Mark Gaston Says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Dons passing. I lost another great musician in Chuck Mills earlier this year. I thing he knew Don well.
    Best wishes,
    Mark Gaston



  5. robert w. brown Says:

    i realy like don helms playing. i just bought a gibson steel guitar like don plays

  6. robert w. brown Says:

    i really like don helms playing. i just bought a gibson steel guitar like don plays

  7. Harold May Says:

    Truly the greatest Steel Player that ever lived. I know that He, Cedric Rainwater,Sammy Pruett, Jerry Rivers, Ole TeeTot, ( Hank Sr.s Mentor), and the man himself, Hank Williams, Sr, are playing the Music as only they could, up there in Heaven. Keep it going Boys. You’re the Best ever, both here on Earth and especially there.

  8. Steven Bicknell Says:

    I flew into Nashville next to Hazel and heard so many wonderful stories. I am so glad the Williams Family tribute was completed. She was the woman behind the man!

  9. Gloria Downer Pearson Says:

    I have pictures I took upstairs in Tootsies (don’t know what year, in the 90’s. Don was playing for Jett then. I got up and sang with Don and I will never forget it. What an experience. You two were so nice. There is another couple in the picture, but I don’t know their names now. What a loss. God Bless.

  10. Gloria Downer Pearson Says:

    I have pictures of you and Don and another couple taken upstairs in Tootsies in the ’90’s when Don was playing with Jett Williams. I got up and sang with Don and will never forget that experience. You two were so nice. He certainly is missed. God Bless.

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