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Songwriter Dixie Hall, Wife of Tom T. Hall, Dies

Songwriter Dixie Hall, Wife of Tom T. Hall, Dies

Dixie Hall, noted bluegrass songwriter and wife of Tom T. Hall, died Friday, Jan. 16, at her home in Nashville following a lengthy illness. She was 80. Known as Miss Dixie to family and friends, she was born Iris Violet May Lawrence in England and moved to Nashville in 1961 for a job in the music industry.…MORE

Little Jimmy Dickens, Grand Ole Opry Legend, Dies at 94

Little Jimmy Dickens, Grand Ole Opry Legend, Dies at 94

Little Jimmy Dickens, one of the most beloved members of the Grand Ole Opry, died on Friday (Jan. 2), at age 94 of cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke. The Grand Ole Opry star was admitted to a Nashville-area hospital this past Christmas Day. Little Jimmy, who stood only 4 feet 11 inches, became a mainstay…MORE

Singer Kevin Sharp Dies at 43

Singer Kevin Sharp Dies at 43

Sad news on this Easter Sunday, as singer Kevin Sharp died last night (April 19) at the age of 43 from ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues, according to his website. Raised in Idaho and later California, Kevin was a performer from a young age but was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a…MORE

“Country Bumpkin” Singer Cal Smith Dies

“Country Bumpkin” Singer Cal Smith Dies

“Country Bumpkin” singer Cal Smith has passed away at the age of 81 in Branson, Mo., according to Nashville’s Tennessean newspaper. Born Calvin Grant Shofner in Oklahoma, Cal was actually raised in San Jose, Calif. As an adult he performed in nightclubs and worked as a disc jockey before Ernest Tubb hired him to play…MORE

Cowboy Jack Clement Dies at Age 82

Cowboy Jack Clement, legendary record producer and songwriter, died Thursday (Aug. 8) in Nashville at age 82 following a lengthy illness. He had been named as a new member of the Country Music Hall of Fame this past year and was scheduled for official induction in October. Cowboy Jack was best known as a prolific record…MORE

George Jones Dead at 81

George Jones Dead at 81

George Jones, widely regarded as the greatest vocalist in country music history, died today (April 26) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville at age 81. George had been hospitalized last week after tests showed a fever and irregular blood pressure. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, along with four children and several grandchildren.…MORE

Mindy McCready Dead of Apparent Suicide

Mindy McCready Dead of Apparent Suicide

Mindy McCready, a once-promising singer who suffered a series of legal and personal setbacks, has died of an apparent suicide, according to Nashville TV station WZTV and other reports. She was 37 years old. Mindy, a Florida native, made an impressive debut in 1996 with her album Ten Thousand Angels, which produced the hit title…MORE

Legendary Kitty Wells Dies at 92

Legendary Kitty Wells Dies at 92

Kitty Wells, “The Queen of Country Music,” has died from complications from a stroke at age 92, Monday morning (July 16). Kitty was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, elected in 1976, and also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991. Born Ellen Muriel Deason, Aug. 30, 1919, in Nashville, Kitty…MORE

Mel McDaniel Dead at 68

Mel McDaniel Dead at 68

Mel McDaniel, a member of the Grand Ole Opry who was best-known for his 1981 hit “Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On,” died March 31 at age 68 after battling cancer. A native of Checotah, Okla., Mel moved to Nashville and landed jobs as a demo singer and songwriter before signing to Capitol Records in…MORE

“Guitar Man” Jerry Reed Leaves Legacy of Music, Movies, Laughter and Love

“Guitar Man” Jerry Reed Leaves Legacy of Music, Movies, Laughter and Love

Asked a few years ago what he considered his primary occupation, Jerry Reed was unequivocal. “Entertainer,” he said. “I think that covers me pretty well.” Indeed, the man born Jerry Reed Hubbard in Atlanta on March 20, 1937, was one of country music’s last great all-around entertainers. He racked up hits as a singer and…MORE

Porter Wagoner 1927—2007

Porter Wagoner 1927—2007

Originally published in the December 3, 2007 issue of Country Weekly magazine. The legendary Grand Ole Opry star dies of lung cancer after more than 50 years in country music. Porter Wagoner, one of the mainstays of the Grand Ole Opry and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, will be greatly missed.…MORE

Porter Wagoner Dies of Lung Cancer

Porter Wagoner Dies of Lung Cancer

Porter had been under hospice care since Friday, Oct. 26. The legendary star recently celebrated 50 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry and had released a critically acclaimed album this past year, Wagonmaster, produced by Marty Stuart. Often known more for his flashy rhinestone suits and magnetic stage presence, Porter was also…MORE

Country Weekly 2003-04-01 Death of an Outlaw: Johnny Paycheck

Country Weekly 2003-04-01 Death of an Outlaw: Johnny Paycheck

Originally published in the April 1, 2003 issue of Country Weekly magazine featuring Vince Gill and his wife Amy Grant on the cover. Johnny Paycheck, who died Feb. 19, 2003 from emphysema and asthma at age 64,  often made more headlines for stirring up trouble than climbing the charts. But the singer who scored more than…MORE

Waylon Jennings Dies at 64

Waylon Jennings Dies at 64

Country music and country fans lost a legend yesterday (Feb. 13, 2002) when Waylon Jennings died in his home in Phoenix, Arizona at the age of 64. Jennings had long suffered with diabetes and complications arising from the disease. In November he went to the hospital to ease suffering from peripheral vascular disease that prevented…MORE

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New Albums

New albums dropping on Nov. 16 include Montgomery Gentry’s 20 Years of Hits and Kip Moore’s Room to Spare: The Acoustic Sessions.