Tuesday, November 12, 2013
R.I.P.: Bob Beckham
Music publisher Robert Joseph "Bob" Beckham, who mentored the careers of Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton and many others, died Monday morning (November 11, 2013). He was 86.
As an employee and later co-owner of Combine Music, where he worked from 1964 until the company was sold in 1986, Beckham was also a key player in the success of such songwriters as Ray Stevens, Larry Gatlin, Jerry Reed and Tony Joe White.
Beckham made his entertainment debut on the national stage in the late 1950s, recording as a pop artist for Decca Records and touring with the label's then-child star, Brenda Lee. He scored two chart singles for Decca, "Just asMuch as Ever" (No. 32, 1959) and "Crazy Arms" (No. 3, 1960). source
Bob Beckham : Just As Much As Ever