Jan. 18: Happy 72nd birthday to the dean of Nashville session keyboardists, Hargus (Pig) Robbins. He and Floyd Cramer were the main pianists in the A-Team of musicians during the Nashville Sound years, and he backed up many later-generation stars as well. In tribute, here are 19 previous 3 Chords a Day posts of music Robbins helped make. They represent about one-eighth of the total — testament to his level of recording activity through the years.

(Those are just the 3 Chords posts I know of; there might be more. And the list doesn’t include two of his most recognizable efforts: the piano work on Charlie Rich’s “Behind Closed Doors” and Crystal Gayle’s “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.” Wonderful stuff.)

The East Tennessee native lost his sight at age 4, and it was while a student at the Tennessee School for the Blind in Nashville that he picked up his porcine nickname. After sneaking off through a fire escape to play, a teacher deemed young Hargus to be “dirty as a pig” when he returned. Find out how he turned initial interest in classical music to a love of country, and transformed that into an influential career, here.

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