Feb. 3 -- here's the obit: Friends remember prowess of drummer Donald Lindley By Rebecca Thatcher American-Statesman Staff Published: Feb. 4, 1999 Donald Lindley, a master drummer who played for Lucinda Williams, Joe Ely and many other musicians, died Wednesday afternoon of lung cancer at Seton Medical Center. He was 47. Friends remembered him Wednesday night as a brilliant drummer who toured relentlessly and yet was a much-sought-after studio musician. "He never forgot a song," said singer Rosie Flores, who performed with Lindley for many years. "He was always willing to try to come up with a part that made you happy." Lindley was born in Phoenix and worked in Detroit, Connecticut and Los Angeles before settling in Austin six years ago. He toured Italy with Joe Ely in October and went to England with Lucinda Williams in November. He was diagnosed with cancer in December, said his wife, Kathy Lindley. "We were just blessed that he was so strong," she said. "He must have been ill for quite some time." Kathy Lindley said they met in Los Angeles and were married during the South by Southwest music festival 11 years ago. Donald Lindley loved to shop and would bring gifts from all of his tours, she said. Lucinda Hinton-Schwan, an Austin actress and stuntwoman who has known Lindley for many years, said Lindley was as entertaining to watch as he was wonderful to listen to. "They called him the clock because he always kept perfect time," she said. "He is one of the greatest . . . and as a person . . . a sweetheart. He was too young for this to happen to." Clifford Antone, whose blues club has played host to Joe Ely's band, said Lindley was especially well-known for his studio work. "He was very versatile," Antone said. "He fit that type of singer-songwriter very well. He understood the feeling that they needed. It's called getting in the pocket." Besides his wife, Lindley leaves his 9-year-old-son, Jesse Brian Lindley. A service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints at 5201 Convict Hill Road. Another service will be Monday in Phoenix.