Willie Ackerman's Birthday

Willie Ackerman (May 1, 1939 - December 13, 2012) was a professional American drummer whose career began in 1957 and ended in the 1980s. He performed with Johnny Cash, Louis Armstrong, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, The Monkees, Keith O'Conner Murphy and many other acts. Ackerman was an RCA Studios artist. Ackerman was born in Nashville, Tennessee. He became a Hee Haw drummer, and was also at one time a drummer at the Grand Ole Opry. He recorded Marty Robbins' "El Paso" song in 1959, "Wings of a Dove" in 1960 and "The Grand Tour" in 1974 along with George Jones. He died in his sleep at his home and left behind his wife Jeannie Ackerman and son Trey Ackerman.