van Zandt, Townes
Townes Van Zandt, who wrote the country
hits "If I Needed You" and "Pancho and Lefty" and gained a cult following
for his blues-inspired recordings about life's losers, died on January 1, 1997. He was 52.
National Public Radio has an item with a RealAudio clip about him, including an interview with Nancy Griffith.