David Olney departs from the rest of us.
Singer & songwriter David Olney died on Saturday night during a stage performance at a Florida music festival, He was 71.
Olney, while playing at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Santa Rosa Beach, suddenly stopped in the middle of one of his songs and dropped his head, per Variety report. In the words of his website, Olney died of an apparent heart attack.
Olney, who was making songs in Nashville, had some his songs recorded by Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, per The Tennessean report. He was performing next to Amy Rigby and Scott Miller on Saturday at The Boathouse at WaterColor.
“I was sitting next to him in the round, had been so honored and looking forward to getting to trade songs with him and Scott Miller,” Rigby wrote. “Olney was in the middle of his third song when he stopped, apologized and shut his eyes.”
Olney was born in Rhode Island in 1948, he moved to Nashville in early 1973 and later formed the rock group The X-Rays, Billboard reported. After the drop of his first solo album, “Eye of the Storm,” in 1986, Olney would release more than two dozen album.
Olney’s performance on Saturday during the festival was captured on video and posted to YouTube.
Harris covered Olney’s song, “Jerusalem Tomorrow,” in 1993, and “Deeper Well” in 1995, Variety reported. He also did a version of Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’.”
The likes of Ronstadt (“Women Cross the River”), Steve Earle (“Saturday Night and Sunday Morning”), and Del McCoury (“Queen Anne’s Lace”), also performed David’s song.