OBITUARIES
California Lives: Every Thursday, read an obituary of a notable Californian from the archives
LOCAL OBITUARIES

Ralph Mooney

The influential steel guitarist played with Buck Owens, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard. He was one of the architects of the "Bakersfield sound" of country music, a louder, more rhythmically propulsive version of the music coming out of Nashville in the '50s. He co-wrote the hit "Crazy Arms," which became a No. 1 hit in 1956. He was 82. Full obituary Notable deaths of 2010 Michael Manning
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