Legendary Guitar Tech and Musician Benny Garcia Dies
"We had a 50-year musical friendship." - VINCE GILL
Nashville, TN - May 12, 2020 --Beloved and widely-respected guitar tech and musician Benny Garcia, age 64, died Saturday, May 9, 2020 in Oklahoma City, OK from pancreatic cancer. Garcia was born in Tulsa, OK on May 7, 1956 and spent the majority of his professional career working with recording artist Vince Gill.
“Benny and I had a 50-year friendship,” said Gill. “We met as kids and played in our first garage bands together, and for the last 30 years, he traveled with me everywhere. And for the last 50 years we’ve been inseparable.”
L-R: Benny Garcia, Vince Gill
In addition to his 30 years working with Gill, Garcia also lent his guitar tech talents to other artists including Crosby, Stills & Nash, the Dixie Chicks, Trisha Yearwood, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Reba McEntire.
Garcia is survived by his wife Brenda, as well as mother Clara, his sister Lisa Renee’ Garcia and her fiancé Jeff Wilder, brother Paul Garcia, Aunt Matilda Alviso, and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, legendary jazz and swing guitar player Benny Garcia, Jr. Due to the present coronavirus pandemic, no funeral will be held. A gathering to celebrate Benny’s life will be held at a later date.
To read more about Benny and to leave messages for the family: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/oklahoma-city-ok/benny-garcia-9176459