Late Wednesday night the world lost a comedy legend. Comedian musician Tim Wilson died of a heart attack while visiting his brother in Columbus, Georgia. Wilson was a well known comedian and was a regular visitor and resident of Louisville for several years where he would perform at the Comedy Caravan (now called the Laughing Derby) during the Kentucky Derby festivities. Wilson's songs and unique views on the world around him made the comic a favorite of fans and his peers nationwide.
Born in 1961 to school teacher parents in Columbus, Georgia--as he would jokingly call "the entertainment capital of the world"--Wilson rose to fame in the mid-1990s for writing parody and comedic original songs. Starting in 1995 he would be a regular guest on the "Bob and Tom Show" and gained national recognition. Some of his best known songs include "The First Baptist Bar & Grill", "Acid Country", "Garth Brooks Ruined My Life", and "The 12 Redneck Days of Christmas" which he co-wrote with fellow comedian Jeff Foxworthy.
Wilson was also known for his stand-up act, which included a matter-of-fact delivery on his opinions on anything from politics, the youth of America, music, drugs, and pop culture. He was also known among friends and colleagues for his vast knowledge on various topics. In 2009 he co-wrote a book entitled Happy New Year--ted, about the notorious serial killer Ted Bundy.
On February 26, 2014 Tim Wilson was living in Nashville and had driven down to visit his brother in Columbus. While there he informed his brother he felt ill, and suffered a fatal heart attack. He left behind a wife and two children. Wilson worked with and influenced many comedians in his long and successful career. Several comedians credit Wilson with opening the doors to success for them including Billy Gardell and Tommy Johnagin.
The world lost a great entertainer this week. His unique voice and personality will never be replaced anytime soon.