Johnny Cash Drummer W.S. ‘Fluke’ Holland Dies At 85

Long-time Johnny Cash drummer W.S. “Fluke” Holland died on Wednesday, September 23, at age of 85. The drummer died in Jackson, Tennessee, due to congestive heart failure.

Holland was born April 22, 1935 in Saltillo, Tennessee. He started his music career by joining Carl Perkins‘ band. He ultimately played on all of Perkins’ hit records during the last half of the 1950’s.

In 1960, as Perkins’ success was waning, former Sun Records label mate Cash called Holland for a two-week tour to New York and New Jersey. W.S. continued to be Cash’s backing band member until 1997.

He played on several albums, including 1964’s I Walk the Line and 1968’s At Folsom Prison.

Over the years, he also performed with artists like Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison and Waylon Jennings, among others.

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