Musicians Peter Horton and Mike Henderson die on the same day

September 24, 2023
Robert Ayers

Musicians Mike Henderson and Peter Horton have both passed away, and they did so on the same day - Friday, Sept. 22, 2023. 

BR24 reports that Horton, whose birth name is Peter Muller, died just three days after his 82nd birthday, which was on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

According to Rolling Stone, Henderson, on the other hand, died at the age of 70.

The cause of either man's death is unclear at the time of this writing. Horton, though, is known to have suffered from Parkinson's disease for several years.

Remembering Mike Henderson

From Missouri, Henderson was an award-winning country musician.

Specializing in bluegrass, Henderson was one of the founding members of the band SteelDrivers, which also featured Chris Stapleton on vocals, Tammy Rogers on Fiddle, Mike Fleming on the bass, and Richard Bailey on the banjo. The group won the International Bluegrass Music Association's New Artist of the Year award in 2009.

Henderson, however, did not remain with the band for too long. Instead, he went solo in 2010. He had also been a soloist before SteelDrivers.

Henderson, after he left the band, continued to collaborate with Stapleton, with whom he wrote several songs. The two won a Grammy in 2017 for Best Country Song for their song Broken Halos. 

The band remembered Henderson in a Facebook account that they posted on the day of Henderson's passing. The band, in part, wrote:

A Lonesome Goodbye . . . I can’t begin to explain and share all the craziness and great times we all had together but I will say, as I always have, it was all Hendo’s fault! So, all the SteelDrivers, past and present, are in shock today as we have lost our original architect…..we send our heartfelt condolences to Janet, Lauren, and Shannon. Hendo, we will see you again where rainbows never die

Remembering Peter Horton

Horton is the stage name by which most people knew Peter Muller. Horton was a guitarist, singer, writer, and composer. He was from Feldsberg, Reichsgau Niederdonau, Germany, although, he, today, is mostly associated with Austria.

BR24 reports, "Horton represented Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1967, was seen in ARD and ZDF, and taught school music."

Horton's music career goes all the way back to his childhood, when he was a member of the Vienna Boys' Choir. Then, as a teenager he formed a jazz band called, Six Aces. 

After that Horton went solo and even spent time in the theater. He toured many parts of the world, including the United States, during the course of his career.

Horton once said:

There are two forms [ of entertainment ]: collection and distraction. Today 98 percent distraction and 2 percent collection are delivered. Collection is what leads us inside. At my concerts I manage to get people out floating."

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