Riley Shepard, long-time country musician and recording artist for various labels, died on November 6, 2009, in Portersville, California, at the age of 90. Shepard was married six times and had several children.
Shepard was born in 1918 in North Carolina and is maybe best remembered as a member of the Dixie Reelers, an old-time group that recorded for Bluebird in the mid-1930s. Other members included guitarist Daddy John Love, Ollie Bunn and Clarence Todd. Shepard also worked on several radio stations in NC during the decade. The 1940s saw him starting his solo career - during the next years, he recorded on many labels such as King, Majestics, Signature and others.