Theodore "Teddy" William Irwin

December 15, 1942November 5, 2020

Teddy was an award-winning musician, arranger, and composer. During his lifelong career he composed and produced music for the long-running CBS soap operas “As the World Turns” and “Guiding Light” for which he won multiple Emmy® awards and NBC's “Another World.” He also toured with such talents as Petula Clark, Doc Severinsen, The Four Seasons, The Pozo Seco Singers, Demis Roussos, and Bette Midler. With Gene Pistilli he co-wrote ‘Pretty Legs’ that Bette performed in her stage show. He played lead guitar in the original Broadway version of “Hair.” During his recording career, he played on hit records including ‘Old 8X10’ (Randy Travis), ‘Margaritaville’ (Jimmy Buffett), ‘Heart of Gold’ (Neil Young) and ‘Happy Xmas, War is Over’ (John Lennon). One of four guitarists hired on the ‘Happy Xmas’ session, Teddy ended up playing bass when the bass player got stuck at the airport. He played on many other recordings for Richie Havens, Roy Buchanan, BJ Thomas, Barry Mann, Neil Diamond, Joan Baez, Ray Stevens, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs Revue, Jermaine Jackson, Pat Boone, David Soul, Juice Newton, and others. Teddy also worked with famed record producers Phil Ramone and Elliot Mazer and great arrangers including Brian D. Siewert and Jack Cortner. Survived by CC Couch, they made music together for decades. In addition to the 22 albums they recorded together, Teddy made three guitar albums, “Music From My Guitar to You,” “Babies,” and the beautiful “Three Guitars-A Guitar Christmas.” Teddy always said he got his “touch” from his father and his knowledge of the guitar from his teacher Bruce Chappelle. He went on to study with Jim Hall and Attila Zoller. While he was a renowned guitarist, Teddy always considered himself an accompanist on the road and in the studio. From the beginning of his career, playing with Jake Holmes, and with John Bennett Perry and Tony Perry of the Serendipity Singers, until his final session which was with Rob Clarke, Teddy did what he loved best. He made music. Donations in his memory may be made to Lovie’s Legacy ( or the charity of your choice.



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Jack Cortner

November 20, 2020

When Teddy first came to New York City, I got a call from Stuie Scharf, a fine guitar player who had worked a lot for me in Manhattan's many recording studios. Stuie wanted me to come by his apartment to meet this new guy in town, Teddy Irwin. When I got there they were already jamming, collaborating on some funky blues piece and they sounded great. In that room,
that day, there was much laughter and a great appreciation for each other's talent. We knew that this was something special.
As an arranger, it was my privilege to have both of them on recording sessions for many years to come. Teddy and I would go on to become the best of friends, and now, thirty five years later, I feel honored to celebrate the life of a true friend and a wonderful, instinctual musician, my buddy, Teddy Irwin.

Jonathan Norris

November 18, 2020

Teddy Irwin was a dear neighbor and friend of mine. I knew him more than twenty-five years. He was not only a delightful, friendly and funny man but also an extremely talented recording artist and songwriter. As a TV producer, I hired Teddy to create original music for my production of 'The History of the Parthenon' in the late 1990's. I am sure his incredible work played a key role in the program being honored with an Emmy-nomination in the Mid-South Regional Emmy Awards. I cannot say enough about Teddy.
He was just a great person and always lifted my day My deepest sympathy goes to C.C. Couch who has always been a dear friend and neighbor, as well. Love to all the friends and family of Teddy.

barbara clinton

November 18, 2020

Teddy's beautiful CD's made my pre-pandemic yoga classes just "sing"....melodic, beautiful, restful. I only met him once, but I loved his music and continue to enjoy it So sorry, sending best wishes to his family

Ron Whitlow

November 16, 2020

Teddy was a gentle, wonderful person with a quiet sense of humor and integrity in all he did. He influenced me to pursue guitar-
I loved hearing his playing. He will be greatly missed as an artist and as a person.

Joan B Coode

November 14, 2020

Beautiful obituary written to honor a man & his lifetime of talent! Know that Teddy’s music is a timeless legacy few can leave.


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