Don Warden, 87, Porter Wagner Trio original member, Dolly Parton’s right-hand man for decades and a Steel Guitar Hall of Fame member, died March 11.

Photo

Photo: MySpace

Don Warden and Dolly Parton

Warden and Wagoner joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1957 then together had a 14-year run on the “Porter Wagoner Show.” Warden also spent 50 years in service to Parton, who called him “Mr. Everything” as he handled  tour and personal management duties as well as steel guitar duties.  His wife, Ann Ann, was on the Dollywood Foundation board of directors. 

“I’ve known and loved don Warden since I joined The Porter Wagoner Show in 1967,” Parton said in a statement. “He was like a father, a brother, a partner and one of my best friends. I feel like a piece of my heart is missing today. Certainly a huge piece of my life is gone. Rest in peace, Don, and know for sure that I will always love you.”