David Olney

  • Died: January 18, 2020
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David Olney

Acclaimed singer-songwriter died while performing on stage

Acclaimed Americana singer-songwriter David Olney died while performing on stage at the 30A Folk Fest in Florida. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal

My condolences to the family of David Olney. May you find comfort in your wealth of fond memories together. He was a very talent folk singer-sogwriter. In the days ahead throw all of your sadness, cries and anxieties on the Hearer of Prayers who cares for you.

Posted by DG - NH   February 14, 2020

I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to the family and friends of mr David olney mr olney was a great entertainer and gave of himself too make others happy may the God of tender mercies grant him peace

Posted by A friend   February 14, 2020

God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's...My heartfelt condolences..

Posted by A friend   January 29, 2020

My thoughts are with the Olney family.My parents Ross and Carol Staples were close to David' s parents. We spent good times with the family way back when. MY father loved David's music.Fondly,Virginia Staples

Posted by Virginia STAPLES - Easton, MA - acquaintance   January 27, 2020

David went out in style, doing what he truly loved. Entertaining others. May the many cherished memories and the collective memories of others comfort you. May the God of all comfort strengthen, sustain and comfort you now and in the days to come.

Posted by David C    January 26, 2020

I knew David casually when he lived briefly in Atlanta in the early 1970s.

He was not very prominent then, but everyone who heard him thought he had a bright future.

After he left, I lost track of him and did not realize that he had become so successful nor did I initially recognize him in the obituary.


Posted by Ted - Florence, MA   January 26, 2020

David loved sharing his music with others. May the Olney gain comfort and peace during this most difficult time from the God who cares.

Posted by A friend   January 25, 2020

My sincere condolences to the family. May the God of all Comfort be with you dusting this time of sorrow.

Posted by - Miami, FL   January 25, 2020

So sorry to hear of this great loss to Nashville, music, and poetry. I have admired David Olney for many years and had the pleasure to meet him numerous times. He was a true gentleman and a gracious genius. My sincerest condolences. His family is in my prayers.

Posted by Afton Wolfe - Nashville, TN - acquaintance   January 24, 2020

Condolences to the family of David Olney,

We pray that the Hearer of all Prayers comfort you and that you find some support in the many words of support and encouragement on this site as well as from those close to you.

Posted by Lillie Lin - NY   January 24, 2020

So Sorry to hear of his passing. His music and humor have brought much joy over the years and i mourn with you.

Posted by A friend   January 24, 2020

I was in the crowd @ Springwater back in the late '70's when The X-Rays performed their magic. They were so important to us. His songs were part of our young lives and they resonated long after in our hearts and minds. What a marvelous communicator he was: blunt, fierce, romantic & brilliant. And, of course, we danced like maniacs. I cherish those weekend nights to this very day. I loved him through the years - all those insightful songs about caterpillars turning into butterflies, or a mighty oak being struck by lightening, or digging a deeper well, or the poor beggar who posed as Judas Iscariot in Leonardo Da Vinci's 'Last Supper'. His personal integrity as an artist is a life lesson for us all. Now, of course, it's going to be a sad Saturday night. But whether you are at Brown's Diner, Springwater Supper Club, at home with a friend or loved one, somewhere deep in America or sailing overseas -raise a glass to the great David Olney. May his wonderful songs endure forevermore. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to his family & friends.

Posted by Steve & Anne Goodhue - Nashville, TN   January 23, 2020

Dave was such a good friend I was the first person he met in Nashville, we met a Jocks and we became good buds and years later I pretended to coach him while he bowled on the bowling machine at Villager and from then on he called me coach, and he was good at bowling that too! I listen to his amazing music at Bishops Pub, Springwater, and The Last Chance Saloon, where I worked, there were numerous other spots I went to to hear him play in Nashville and I even heard him play in Ashland City in an indian type of sweat lodge. His words were the truth of life and he could put those truths together in such a way nobody else could do. I send my blessings to his family and I will miss him terribly.

Posted by Elizabeth Baum - Nashville, TN   January 23, 2020

Please accept my sincere condolences. Mr. Olney will be missed.

Posted by JE Sowell - Charlotte, NC   January 23, 2020

Well Dave and I met right when he moved to Nashville as a matter of fact I was the first person he met in Nashville, we became real good buds I will miss listening to him very much. He was such a good guy and I loved to hear him play I listened to him through all his musical changes, each being great. God will bless him and I will miss him.

Posted by Elizabeth Baum - Nashville, TN - friend   January 23, 2020

Thank you for your talent. May mercy and peace be with the family.

Posted by Lea    January 23, 2020

I have the highest admiration for his grit, his spirit, his humanity, his deep understanding of life with all its sorrow and joy, his poetry, his power in connecting with and moving audiences, his humor, his friendship. He had a unique gift and was always generous in sharing it with his fellow human beings on and off stage. And he was always humble. It was never proud or aloof. He met everyone on equal terms. He was real in the truest sense of the word. I will not look upon the like of him again - ever.

Posted by Tim Coy - Savannah, GA - friend   January 23, 2020

My deepest condolences to the Olney family, may God be with all of you to give you comfort and strength as you go through this very difficult time.

Posted by A friend   January 22, 2020

David was best when he was on-stage. His wit, sardonic humor and ability to improvise to suit the moment were at times both comical, serious, and above all "spot" on the mark. His performances were unpredictable yet each song had a part of you in it that you could carry away to help walk "the Mainstreet Moan." I will miss him desperately and suffer greatly at the loss of his counsel and sarcastic humor.

Posted by Marshall Turbyfill - Columbia, SC - friend   January 22, 2020

My condolences to the family of David Olney.

Posted by A friend   January 22, 2020

What a privilege to have seen such an honorable and talented artist with the X Rays at the old Coal Company & Green Streets. Jamming in the sky and in our hearts...This Side or The Other.

Posted by Rod Dalton - Columbia   January 22, 2020


Sorry to hear of the loss.

Posted by Ann Stokman - Greendale, WI   January 22, 2020

Thank you for the music, for giving it to all of your fans. It is sad too see you leave us, but you died doing what you loved best. Rest in Peace and God Bless You Always.

Posted by Geraldo Halfmoon - Fort Walton Beach, FL   January 22, 2020

Another great has made it to the gates of Heaven to entertain those that have passed before us. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Linda Chapman - Summerfield, FL   January 22, 2020

I didn't know you personally but I'm glad you left us the way you did on stage singing - wonderful for you, and of course so sad for everyone who loved you. Thank you for all the music.
Condolences to all your loved ones.

Posted by Patricia Mace - LOS ANGELES, CA   January 21, 2020

My deepest sympathies and prayers for David's wife and family, as well as friends and fans. Truly a great loss to the music community, but I'm sure his legacy of great recordings will be treasured by his family and fans for years to come.

Posted by Brenda Tippin - Shady Cove, OR   January 21, 2020

Theres a God Shaped Hole in my heart... this one hurts. From all those sweat filled nights at Springwater to his world-touring, so glad he shared his incredible talent. My deepest condolences and sympathies to his family and friends.

Posted by Bev Lacy - Kansas   January 21, 2020

Sincerest condolences to the family, friends and fans of Mr. Olney. May the God of all comfort grant each of you His peace...

Posted by A friend   January 21, 2020

David and his band, the X-Rays, helped define me in the first few years of my adult-hood. His poetry and brilliance brought me to the dance floor with a need to hear the lyrics as I jumped and spun around. My heart broke this past Sunday as I read the unfathomable news that our troubadour has left the building.
Thank you Dave.

Posted by Robin Metz - Montevallo, AL - friend   January 21, 2020


Please accept my heart-felt condolences on the passing of David.

Posted by Lori Turner - Lansing, MI - Acquaintance   January 21, 2020

My deepest sympathy is with David family. He did what he love doing until the end. May the fond memories of your loved one gives you peace and the strength to go on.

Posted by A friend   January 21, 2020

It's profound that he passed doing what he loved. Condolences to the family. May the comfort God gives be with you.

Posted by A friend   January 21, 2020

My condolences to family and friends,fans,may God of comfort be with you.

Posted by A friend   January 21, 2020

To the family of David Olney, I am very sorry to learn of his death. He was very talented. May the
God of comfort be with all of you as you grieve.

Posted by - MD   January 21, 2020

Dear Redding,

Were all so sorry to learn of your dads passing. Thats very rough. He was a remarkable man. Our love to you and deepest sympathy to you, your mom and Lillian.

Posted by Julie & Michael Pablo & Family - Nashville, TN - friend   January 20, 2020

A wonderful songwriter and storyteller, David was truly a unique individual. As a radio guest he was delightful and his concert audiences loved his charm, wit, and warmth. He will be dearly missed.

Posted by Barnes Newberry - Portsmouth, RI, RI - friend   January 20, 2020

It is very difficult to lose a love one. To the family of David Olney I send my deepest sympathy. "May you have the all the comfort of the Father of tender mercies" May you also keep the memory of his music.

Posted by A friend   January 20, 2020

Sorry that you're gone. Condolences and prayers to his family. I can almost see David playing his guitar to the "Chief Musician". Rest in Peace, David.

Posted by A friend   January 20, 2020

He went out in style. But David will be missed, my condolences to family and fans. And it's good to know he is in God memory. Ecc,9:5

Posted by A friend   January 20, 2020

Wow! He died doing what he truly loved and it was so peaceful. May Jehovah comfort the family at this difficult time!

Posted by Alfreda Valentine - Helena-West Helena, AR   January 20, 2020

Thank you for sharing your incredible gift with us, David. Strum in Peace, Brother.

Posted by Scott Preston Hardy - Concord, NH   January 20, 2020

Thank you David for your wonderful music. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort the family during this extremely difficult time.

Posted by A friend   January 20, 2020


Godspeed David, and Rest in Peace. An elegant and unforgettable "Last Performance".

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   January 20, 2020

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