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Rusty Wier

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Russell Allen “Rusty” Wier (May 3, 1944 – October 9, 2009) was an American singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas.

Wier’s career dates back to the mid 1960s and covers multiple music genres. He started as the drummer and vocalist of Austin, TX garage rockers The WIG. After the group split, he went on to become very successful as a country artist. He is most famous for his composition Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance which was a minor pop hit for him, but has been covered by, among others, Jerry Jeff Walker, Chris LeDoux, John Hiatt, and Barbara Mandrell. Bonnie Raitt’s version of the song was a country hit when it was included on the Urban Cowboy soundtrack. Wier was inducted into the Austin Music Awards Hall of Fame in 2002.

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  • kurtfortmeyer

    Rusty had a huge influence on me back in the 1970s. His catalog is sorely under-represented here. It's a shame. RIP Rusty.

    2 Jan 2010 Reply

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