Bruce Langhorne, American folk musician, Died at 78


Bruce Langhorne was born in 1938 and died on April 14, 2017.

He was an American folk musician.

Bruce Langhorne was active in the Greenwich Village folk scene in the 1960s, primarily as a session guitarist for folk albums and performances.

Langhorne lost his second and third fingers on his right hand in an accident when he was seven years old, contributing to his distinctive fingerpicking style.

His major performers in the folk revival of the 1950s and 1960s, includs The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem, Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Carolyn Hester, Peter LaFarge, Gordon Lightfoot, Hugh Masekela, Odetta, Babatunde Olatunji, Peter, Paul and Mary, Richard and Mimi FariƱa, Tom Rush, Steve Gillette, and Buffy Sainte-Marie.

He composed the music for the Peter Fonda western film The Hired Hand (1971), which combined sitar, fiddle, and banjo.

It was also him who provided the scores for Fonda’s 1973 science fiction film Idaho Transfer and his 1976 vigilante movie Fighting Mad.

He suffered a debilitating stroke in 2015, he relocated into a hospice and remained there until his death.

Bruce Langhorne passed away at 78 years old.