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Don Williams Dead at 78

Don Williams Dead at 78

Don Williams, who parlayed a smooth baritone singing style into country music stardom, died on Sept. 8 following a short illness at age 78. “The Gentle Giant,” as he was often known, was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and won the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year award in 1978. Born in…MORE

Country Music Hall of Famer Glen Campbell Has Died at 81

Country Music Hall of Famer Glen Campbell Has Died at 81

Glen Campbell, country music’s “Rhinestone Cowboy,” died today (Aug. 8) following a long fight against Alzheimer’s disease. He was 81 years old. “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of 81, following his…MORE

Holly Dunn Passes Away at Age 59

Holly Dunn Passes Away at Age 59

Nash Country Daily has learned this morning (Nov. 15) that singer/songwriter Holly Dunn has passed away at the age of 59. According to wsmv.com, Holly passed away at a hospice facility in New Mexico, surrounded by family and friends.  The singer was battling a rare and aggressive form of ovarian cancer for which she was…MORE

Country Music Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry Member Jean Shepard Dead at 82

Country Music Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry Member Jean Shepard Dead at 82

According to the press release from the Grand Ole Opry, Jean Shepard passed away this morning (Sep. 25) at age 82 after entering hospice care late last week. Jean became a member of the Opry on November 21, 1955 and last appeared on November 21, 2015 when she became the only female to reach 60 years…MORE

Country Music Hall of Famer Bonnie Brown Dies at 77

Country Music Hall of Famer Bonnie Brown Dies at 77

Bonnie Brown Ring, one-third of the Hall of Fame group The Browns, passed away on Saturday, July 16, following complications from lung cancer. The Arkansas native was 77 years old. Bonnie’s love for music was evident at a young age and she began singing in school and at church functions. Her older siblings, Maxine and…MORE

Dr. Ralph Stanley, Bluegrass Legend, Dead at 89

Dr. Ralph Stanley, Bluegrass Legend, Dead at 89

Ralph Stanley, one of the stalwarts of bluegrass music and an important figure on the scene since starting the Clinch Mountain Boys band in 1946, died Thursday night, June 23, from complications with skin cancer. He was 89. Born in southwest Virginia in 1927, Ralph gained his earliest fame in the Stanley Brothers duo, which…MORE

Merle Haggard Dead at 79

Merle Haggard Dead at 79

Originally published on the Nash Country Weekly website.  Merle Haggard, one of the legendary figures of country music, died Wednesday (April 6) on his birthday, at age 79 from complications of pneumonia. Merle scored 38 Billboard No. 1 hits, won the Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year honor in 1970 and was inducted into the Country…MORE

Joey+Rory’s Joey Martin Feek Dies at the Age of 40

Joey+Rory’s Joey Martin Feek Dies at the Age of 40

Originally published on the Nash Country Weekly website.  Nash Country Weekly is saddened to learn of the passing of Joey+Rory’s Joey Martin Feek. Joey died March 4, 2016, at 2:30 p.m. in hospice in her hometown of Alexandria, Ind., after a two-year battle with cancer. Joey’s husband and duet partner, Rory, made the announcement on…MORE

Sonny James, Country Music Hall of Fame Member, Dies at Age 87

Sonny James, Country Music Hall of Fame Member, Dies at Age 87

Sonny James, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, died Monday, Feb. 22, at age 86. The cause of death was not given. Sonny scored the first of his 23 No. 1 singles in 1957 with “Young Love,” which hit the top on both the country and pop charts. Sonny reached No. 1…MORE

Backroad Anthem’s Craig Strickland Found Dead

Backroad Anthem’s Craig Strickland Found Dead

After a week of searching, Backroad Anthem’s Craig Strickland was reportedly found dead Monday morning (Jan. 4). According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Craig’s body was recovered along the shoreline of Kaw Lake in an area known as Bear Creek Cove, near where his boat was found capsized one week ago. Craig, 29, and friend Chase Morland, 22,…MORE

Hee Haw’s Ramona Jones Passes Away at 91

Hee Haw’s Ramona Jones Passes Away at 91

Award-winning fiddler, radio and television star, and former wife of Hee Haw mainstay Grandpa Jones, Ramona Jones passed away on Tuesday (Nov. 17) at the age of 91 in Goodlettsville, Tenn. Born Ramona Riggins of Raglesville, Ind., the multi-instrumentalist frequently appeared on Hee Haw and the Grand Ole Opry as Grandpa’s duet partner, and together…MORE

Country Hitmaker Tommy Overstreet Dies at 78

Country Hitmaker Tommy Overstreet Dies at 78

Tommy Overstreet, one of country’s consistent hitmakers of the 1970s, died Nov. 2 at his home in Oregon at age 78 following a series of health issues. Tommy scored 19 Top 20 hits during his recording career, which spanned the years 1969 through 1986. Tommy was born Sept. 10, 1937, in Oklahoma City and took…MORE

Billy Joe Royal Dies at Age 73

Billy Joe Royal Dies at Age 73

Billy Joe Royal, who went from early pop stardom to a successful country career, died suddenly in his sleep at age 73 at his home in North Carolina on Tuesday (Oct. 6). According to reports, Billy Joe was set to resume his tour with Ronnie McDowell in November. Billy Joe, born and raised in Georgia, achieved instant…MORE

Legendary Record Producer Bob Johnston Dies

Legendary Record Producer Bob Johnston Dies

Bob Johnston, who produced landmark albums for such stars as Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan, died Friday, Aug. 14, at a Nashville hospice facility at age 83. Bob produced the albums At San Quentin and At Folsom Prison for Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde, The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories? for Willie…MORE

Hall of Fame Producer Billy Sherrill Dies at 78

Hall of Fame Producer Billy Sherrill Dies at 78

Producer and songwriter Billy Sherrill, best known for his work with George Jones and Tammy Wynette, died Tuesday (Aug. 4) at age 78 following a brief illness. Billy was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, elected in 2010. The native of Alabama produced Tammy Wynette’s signature hit “Stand by Your Man” and also had…MORE

“Rose Garden” Singer Lynn Anderson Dies at 67

“Rose Garden” Singer Lynn Anderson Dies at 67

Lynn Anderson, best known for her classic hit “Rose Garden,” died at age 67, Thursday (July 30), at the Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. The cause of death was reported as a heart attack by Nashville newspaper The Tennessean. Lynn won the Country Music Association award for Female vocalist of the Year in 1971. The daughter…MORE

Daron Norwood Found Dead in Texas Apartment

Daron Norwood Found Dead in Texas Apartment

Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of country singer Daron Norwood. According to Lubbock’s NBC affiliate, KCBD, Daron was found dead in his Hereford, Texas, apartment Wednesday night (July 22) at the age of 49. No cause of death is known at this time, but there is no reason to suspect…MORE

“Always on My Mind” Songwriter Wayne Carson Dies at 72

“Always on My Mind” Songwriter Wayne Carson Dies at 72

Wayne Carson, a prolific songwriter best known for his award-winning “Always on My Mind,” died Monday (July 20) at age 72 from congestive heart failure and other ailments. Wayne was a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Born in Denver, Wayne moved to Nashville in 1962 and found his first major songwriting success…MORE

Country Music Hall of Fame Member Jim Ed Brown Dies

Country Music Hall of Fame Member Jim Ed Brown Dies

Just one week after revealing that his cancer had returned, Grand Ole Opry star and newly elected Country Music Hall of Fame member Jim Ed Brown died Thursday, June 11, at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tenn. He was 81. Born April 1, 1934, in Sparkman, Ark., Jim Ed enjoyed success as both a solo…MORE

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