Dan “Bee” Spears, the longtime bassist in Willie Nelson’s family band, died December 8th after falling outside his Nashville home. According to Nelson, Spears, who was 62, died from exposure. “We are still in shock,” he wrote on his website.
Spears joined Nelson’s band, called the Family, in 1968 when bassist David Zettner was drafted into the Army. The Texas native appeared on several of Nelson’s landmark albums, including the 1970s classics “Shotgun Willie,” “Stardust” and “Red Headed Stranger.”