Hayward Sherman Bishop Jr., age 71, of Old Hickory, TN passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at the Veterans Hospital in Nashville following a year-long illness.
Born and raised in Norfolk, VA, he graduated Norview High School in 1964, served in the United States Air Force 1965-68, and married Donna Milloway in 1969 (divorced in 1979). After his honorable discharge in 1968, he began working at American (music recording studio) in Memphis, TN.
After moving to Nashville in 1972, he spent the 1970’s and 1980’s building an impressive studio recording resume as a drummer recording with artists including Perry Como, Carl Perkins, Brenda Lee, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Julie Andrews, Slim Pickens, Jerry Reed, Wilson Pickett, Dianne Warwick, Chet Atkins, Bobby Blue Bland, Earl Scruggs Review, Ronnie Milsap, Charley Pride, and Bill Medley, with songwriting legends such as Mickey Newberry and Roger Miller, and with groups such as Alabama, The Grass Roots, Nashville Brass, The Box Tops, and members of The Kingston Trio.
He also played drums for many TV shows and also for soundtracks for movies, commercials, and TV specials. Awards received include gold, single platinum, double platinum, triple platinum, and quadruple platinum records and a Grammy in 1983 for the best instrumentation on a record for Alabama’s The Closer You Get album. In the years following, he continued his passion for music by digitally restoring and remastering sound recordings in his studio.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hayward Sherman Bishop Sr. and Evelyn Watson Bishop of Norfolk, VA.
Hayward leaves his daughter, Amy Bishop Kyker; two grandchildren, Julia Kyker and Lauren Kyker; and sister, Arden Gentle.
A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Tulip Grove Baptist Church, 563 Shute Lane, Old Hickory, TN 37138 with Pastor Gerald Bontrager officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. until the time of service at the church.
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