David Olney Wiki – David Olney Bio
Olney was born on March 23, 1948, in Providence, Rhode Island.
In the early 1980s, he formed The X-Rays, a jagged rock band that secured a contract with Rounder Records. In 1986, he embarked on a solo recording career that produced more than 20 albums. His songs have been recorded by Harris, Del McCoury, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Young, and many others.
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David Olney Age
Olney was born on March 23, 1948, in Providence, Rhode Island, United States. He died on January 18, 2020, in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, U.S. He was 71 years old.
David Olney Education
He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill but did not graduate.
David Olney Wife
David Olney was married to his wife Regine Olney.
David Olney Children
Olney and his wife Regine had 2 children, a son, Redding, and a daughter, Lillian.
David Olney Career
Olney joined Bland Simpson’s band Simpson in 1971. They recorded one album in New York, and then Olney relocated to Atlanta in 1972.
Olney moved to Nashville in 1973, attempted to sell his songs to record labels, and then formed the band The X-Rays, who recorded two albums for Rounder Records, appeared on Austin City Limits, opened for Elvis Costello, and broke up in 1985.
Olney performed as a solo singer-songwriter, and released more than 20 albums over four decades, including 6 live recordings. He collaborated with artists such as John Hadley and Sergio Webb. His songs were covered by and co-written with Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Young, Del McCoury, and Laurie Lewis, among others.
David Olney Death
Olney died on January 18, 2020, at age 71, after suffering an apparent heart attack during a performance onstage at the 30A Songwriter Festival in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.
Musician Amy Rigby, who was performing with Olney at the festival when he died, described his final moments in a Facebook post. Rigby wrote,
“David Olney, a beautiful man, a legend, a songwriting poet died last night. 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. Olney was in the middle of his third song when he stopped, apologized and shut his eyes. He was very still, sitting upright with his guitar on, wearing the coolest hat and a beautiful rust suede jacket we laughed about because it was raining like hell outside the boathouse where we were playing- I just want the picture to be as graceful and dignified as it was, because it at first looked like he was just taking a moment. Scott Miller had the presence of mind to say we needed to revive him. Doctors in the audience and 30A folks were all working so hard to get him to come to. It’s hard to post about this because I can’t really believe he’s gone. I am so sorry for his wife and family and friends and all the people who loved him and his music. Even those who never heard of him. We all lost someone important last night.”
Scott Miller, who was also on stage, also described Olney’s final moment in a Facebook post. He wrote on Facebook,
“Last night we lost David Olney, one of the finest songwriters I have had the pleasure of playing with and knowing. When I did my first show with him ( maybe 5-6 years ago) my friend Robin Williams said, “Oh, you are in for a treat” and indeed I was. What a force. What a writer. And what a nice guy. We always talked of Anne McCue, Robin and Linda Williams and who saw them last; last night we also spoke of our mutual love for Modernist Poetry. Then we started our set in the round with Amy Rigby. David was playing a song when he paused, said “I’m sorry” and put his chin to his chest. He never dropped his guitar or fell of his stool. It was as easy and gentle as he was. We got him down and tried our best to revive him until the EMT’s arrived. The world lost a good one last night. But we still have his work. And it still inspires. And always will. RIP.”
David Olney Cause of Death
David Olney’s cause of death was a heart attack.
David Olney Net Worth
Information about David Olney’s net worth is being updated.