Renowned Oklahoma fiddler Byron Berline dies at 77

The Associated Press - July 13, 2021 9:48 am

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Byron Berline, a renowned fiddler who played with artists including the Rolling Stones and Elton John, and owned a popular Oklahoma instrument shop, has died. Berline was 77.

Bette Berline, Byron’s wife, confirmed his death to The Associated Press on Monday. She says he was hospitalized after suffering a stroke and that over the weekend his “lungs gave up and so did his heart.” He died on Saturday.

A three-time National Fiddle Champion, Berline grew up in Grant County along the Oklahoma-Kansas state line. He worked with music greats like the Stones, John, Vince Gill, and Bob Dylan. Berline moved to Guthrie in 1995 and opened the Double Stop Fiddle Shop & Music Hall.

 

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