Bee Spears joined Nelson’s band in 1968 and recorded man classics with him, including Red Headed Stranger, Stardust, and Always on My Mind. Spears also recorded with Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, and the super-group Highwayman (Nelson, Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson), and acted alongside Nelson in the movies Honeysuckle Rose (1980), Songwriter (1984), and Red Headed Stranger (1986), as well as the Monk TV series in 2002.
“He was a fantastic player, and a great person,” Augie Meyers (Sir Douglas Quintet, Texas Tornados), a childhood friend of Spears, “He was like me: he;d like to sit and tell jokes. One day in the ’60s, in England, I was with Dough Sahm, and Willie Nelson, and Bee were there. We’d laugh for three or four nights straight.”