Doyle Bramhall has died at the age of 62 of complications from pneumonia.  The legendary Texas songwriter is best known for penning songs recorded by Stevie Ray Vaughan, including 'Life By The Drop' and 'Dirty Pool'.   Some sources said that Bramhall had been ill for the past several weeks.

He leaves a music legacy that includes those timeless Texas blues classics recorded by Stevie Ray, as well as an heir to that legacy in the person of Texas guitar virtuoso Doyle Bramhall II, his son.

Bramhall was a member of the group 'The Chessmen' when he was in high school.  That band would open for Jimi Hendrix and influence the young Bramhall as a songwriter.  He later played in 'The Nightcrawlers', a group he founded with Jimmie Vaughan and a young Stevie Ray Vaughan in the 1970s.

Doyle Bramhall was an accomplished drummer and distinctive vocalist, in addition to his songwriting prowess.  He will be truly missed by fans of Texas music and the blues.  For more on the story, visit my source at Check out a video clip of Doyle Bramhall performing 'Life By The Drop' at the Granada Theater in Dallas, 2007.  It's crowd shot and a bit shaky, but the audio is good.  Rest In Peace:

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