Red Simpson


Age: 81

country music singer and songwriter of the Bakersfield sound in country music who made a career out of truck-driving songs like the 1971 hit I'm a Truck that was a country staple, but the expansion of the Interstate highway system and the growing popularity of Citizens' Band radio furthur romanticized the trucking life when he had first reached the country charts in 1966 with Roll Truck Roll, then followed up with Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves before breaking into the Top 10 with I'm a Truck, which rose to No. 4 and became the lament of a tractor-trailer tired of seeing truckers get all the glory opened with the simple line "Hello, I'm a truck".

Cause of Death: Complications from a heart attack

Born: March 6, 1934

Died: January 8, 2016

Bakersfield, California