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09 Oct 09 Rusty Wier Loses Battle with Cancer

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Texas music legend Rusty Wier died today, losing his two-year battle with cancer.

Along with Jerry Jeff Walker and Michael Martin Murphy, Wier was considered one of the original Austin Cosmic Cowboys.  His biggest hit was “Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance,” which was covered by Bonnie Raitt on the Urban Cowboy soundtrack.

Wier was diagnosed with cancer in November 2007.  He had been undergoing chemotherapy and was homebound. Wier was 65.

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