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R.I.P. Original Austin Cosmic Cowboy Rusty Weir

Texas music legend Rusty Wier has passed away according to a post from North Texas disc jockey Shayne Hollinger on the Galleywinter Texas music chat site.

One of the original Austin Cosmic Cowboys with the likes of Jerry Jeff Walker and Michael Martin Murphy, Wier has been a fixture on the Texas music scene for over 30 years. While Wier never had what could be considered a national hit, he was an evergreen act on the Texas circuit as well as in Europe. Wier was inducted into the Austin Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.

Wier had been diagnosed with cancer in Nov. 2007. Details are sketchy as yet, but it is known that he had been undergoing chemotherapy and had been able to be at home.

"Don't It Make You Wanna Dance" is certainly Wier's best-known composition and really the closest thing to a hit he ever had. It was a Texas hit for Walker when he recorded it in the mid-'70s. Bonnie Raitt's version was later part of the Urban Cowboy soundtrack.

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William Michael Smith