Billboard reported that Ethridge, the seminal country rock band’s bass player, died after a spell in a hospital. He was 65.
Ethridge was an original member of the Flying Burrito Brothers alongside Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman, and “Sneaky” Pete Kleinow. Hillman, who was in The Byrds before forming the Burrito Brothers said via e-mail: “Chris was multi-talented; a great bass player, and a great songwriter. His collaborations as co-writer, with Gram Parsons, on ‘Hot Burrito 1,’ ‘Hot Burrito 2’ and ‘She,’ are classics. He was a joy to work with and a joy to know.”