David Olney

Revered songwriter David Olney died three years ago on January 18, 2020, after suffering an apparent heart attack during a performance at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Florida. He was 71.

According to Scott Miller who was sitting with him in the song circle, “David was playing a song when he paused, said ‘I’m sorry’ and put his chin to his chest… He never dropped his guitar or fell off his stool. It was as easy and gentle as he was.” Amy Rigby, who was also onstage, said “I just want the picture to be as graceful and dignified as it was, because it at first looked like he was just taking a moment.”


An audience member noted that he was singing Bluebonnet Girl by Jack Murray. The last line he sang was: “I don’t need another Heaven ‘cause I found one in this world, in the eyes of my Bluebonnet girl.”

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