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September 19, 2013

Rockabilly legend Mac Curtis dies

Injury from vehicle wreck kills Weatherford man whose music became wildly popular in Europe

By CHRISTIN COYNE

A Weatherford rockabilly legend died this week due to an injury sustained in a wreck last month.

Wesley Erwin Curtis, 74, known as Mac Curtis and particularly popular in Europe for his blend of “hillbilly” and rhythm and blues music, was pronounced dead Monday with the Tarrant County Medical Examiner ruling Curtis’ death an accident.

Weatherford police said Curtis was a driving a Ford Escape the morning of Aug. 12 when he entered the 1200 block of Santa Fe Drive from Hilltop Drive, failing to yield right of way at a stop sign, and was struck by another vehicle.

A memorial and celebration of Curtis’ music is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Spring Creek tabernacle off FM Road 51 south of Weatherford.

Carol Page, who has known Curtis since high school and was a close friend and companion at the time of his death, said Curtis sustained broken ribs and a shoulder injury from the wreck but doctors didn’t discover his head injury despite a CAT scan at the time.

Curtis was staying at Holland Lake Nursing Home for rehabilitation when he was discovered unresponsive last week and taken to the hospital, Page said.

Doctors discovered a large subdural hematoma but couldn’t treat it and Curtis died Monday evening at the nursing home, she said.

Curtis’ music was his expression of love and life, according to Page, who said he was shy, quiet man off-stage who accepted life as it was handed to him.

However, when he took the stage, becoming the person fans know as Mac Curtis, he was very dynamic and sure of himself.

Curtis left behind two daughters and a son, as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Curtis, a Fort Worth native who taught himself guitar while living on a farm in Olney with his grandparents, moved to Weatherford in 1954 and formed a band called “The Country Cats” with brothers Jim and Ken Galbreaith during his sophomore year in high school.

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