“My wife and I decided that we would go as far as the car would take us,” Dees told the newspaper. “If it broke down before we got there, we would save money and move further on later.”
They made it to Nashville, where the car soon broke down _ and Dees said he had to use his overcoat as payment to get the car towed to a mechanic, the newspaper reported Wednesday.
Dees didn’t initially seek out Orbison after moving to Nashville because he wanted to establish himself without help, according to a biography on Dees‘ website. But the pair reconnected, and with Orbison, Dees crossed Europe and twice went to England.
They appeared with The Beatles and the Rolling Stones, and played on the Ed Sullivan Show.
As a child, Dees lived with his family in Borger, Texas, where his father worked as a sand and gravel supplier, where Dees went on to work. Dees recalled listening to barrelhouse piano music at house parties and getting bit by the music bug, according to his biography.
Dees is survived by his wife, Nancy Decker-Dees of Kissee Mills, Mo.; four children and two step-children, a brother and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, according to the funeral home’s obituary.
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