Billy Joe Shaver (Dies at 81) Biography: Wiki, Age, Career, Death Cause

Who is Billy Joe Shaver? Billy Joe Shaver Bio/Wiki

Billy Joe Shaver was a songwriter and American Texas country music artist. He was born on August 16, 1939, in Corsicana, Texas, United States.

Shaver died from a major stroke at the age of 81 in Waco, Texas, on October 28, 2020.


He was 81 years old.


Shaver has reached the U.S. Navy on his 17th birthday. He performed a number of dead-end jobs following his discharge, including pretending to be a rodeo cowboy.

He met and married Brenda Joyce Tindell at around this time. They had one son who was born in 1962, John Edwin, known as Eddy. The two of them divorced and remarried a few times.


Old Five and Dimers Like Me (1973), Shaver’s debut album, featured several songs noted for performing by other artists such as David Allan Coe and Waylon Jennings. Ain’t No God In Mexico “(also a hit for Waylon Jennings) included” When I Get My Wings (1976). “Honky Tonk Heroes” and, “You Asked Me To” were included in Gypsy Boy (1977).

Rolling Stone debuted the single-duet “Hard To Be An Outlaw” with Willie Nelson on May 22, 2014. The album, Long in the Tooth, was released by Lightning Rod Records on August 5, 2014.

Long in the Tooth became Billy Joe Shaver’s first album to chart on Billboard’s Top Country Albums after a 41-year career, entering the chart at 19. The album, peaking at 157, also entered the Billboard 200.

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In 2019, Shaver won the Academy of Country Music’s Poet’s Award to recognize his songwriting accomplishments.

On April 9, 2010, he was convicted in a Waco court after testifying that he acted in self-defense.

A song about the incident titled “Where Do You Want It?” was composed by the Texas-based country singer, Dale Watson. Whitey Morgan and the 78’s have recorded the song and it appears on their self-titled second album, released through Bloodshot Records.

Death Cause

According to SiriusXM, Country legend Billy Joe Shaver died Wednesday after suffering a “massive” stroke in Waco.

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