Ed Shane, founder of Texas Music Chart, Best In Texas Magazine and Shane Media passed this week at 70 years old, from a short run with colon cancer.

If you are not familiar with the inner workings of the music scene, Shane had a huge hand in the influence of Texas Music. He pushed radio to be stronger, and inspired artists to reach their full potential. Although rankings and awards are only secondary in life, there was always something special about having a song make it on the Texas Music Chart:

Many an artist has told us that if it wasn’t for the Texas Music Chart, their career might not have been as successful.  And that ladies and gentleman, HAS to be because of Ed Shane and his vision. - Katy Key

To learn more about Shane and his quirky personality, check out Key Music News. Rest in peace, Mr. Shane.