Barry Edward Beckett

Renowned record producer and Musicians Hall of Fame member. Barry Beckett passed away on June 10, 2009 from complications from a stroke. He was sixty six years old. He is survived by his wife of forty three years, Diane Beckett; two sons and their wives, Matthew and Liz, Mark and Jessie; one grandson, Anthony. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Barry's five-decade career began in Muscle Shoals in 1967, where he was a member of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. There he played keyboards on records by Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, The Staple Singers, Bob Seger, Traffic, Rod Stewart, Paul Simon, and many others. He also produced records on such artists as Bob Dylan, Dire Straits, Glen Frey, Joan Baez, and Delbert McClinton. After moving to Nashville in 1985, he produced records on Alabama, Kenny Chesney, Lorrie Morgan, Eddy Raven, Tanya Tucker, Tammy Wynette, Neal McCoy, Confederate Railroad, and Hank Williams, Jr., including the 1988 CMA Album of the Year, "Born to Boogie". He continued to contribute his keyboard talents on many records as well, including his acclaimed piano work on Vince Gill's "When I Call Your Name". Barry also continued producing rock artists, such as Bob Seger the eclectic band Phish, and legendary soul singer, Etta James. If there was one creative outlet that equaled his love of making records, it was collecting and building model railroads. He particularly enjoyed his time with Nashville NTrak at the Tennessee Central Railway Museum in Nashville. Barry was a lifetime member of the American Federation of Musicians and an inductee of The Alabama Music Hall of Fame. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum, 301 6th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203 or The Alabama Music Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 740405, Tuscumbia, AL 35674. A memorial will be set for a date to be announced.

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