Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Dates of Note in Country Music, January 16-31

Category: News

(Hall of Fame members in bold on birth/death date, followed by hall[s] of fame in which they are enshrined and the year enshrined.  CM=Country Music; BG=Bluegrass; NS=Nashville Songwriter; SG=Southern Gospel; StG=Steel Guitar; OTF=Old Time Fiddler; GLA=Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipient; RR=also inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)


January 16:

Ronnie Milsap (CM 14) born in Robbinsville, North Carolina, 1943 (now 77)
Jim Stafford born in Eloise, Florida, 1944 (now 76)
Sandy Pinkard of Pinkard & Bowden born in Abbeville, Louisiana, 1947 (now 73)

Roy Lanham born in Corbin, Kentucky, 1923 (died 1991)
Ruby Falls born in Jackson, Tennessee, 1946 (died 1986)

Dizzy Dean born in Lucas, Arkansas, 1910 (died 1974). The legendary baseball player is credited with dubbing Roy Acuff "King of Country Music."
Carl Smith (CM 03) died in Nashville, Tennessee (stroke), 2010 (was 82)
Bill Monroe seriously injured in a car wreck, 1953. Monroe was away from performing for six months while recovering.

Jimmy Buffett's private plane was shot at by Jamaican authorities, 1996.  The Jamaican police mistook Buffett's plane for one belonging to a drug kingpin.  No one on board Buffett's plane was injured.

January 17:


Steve Earle born in Fort Monroe, Virginia, 1955 (now 65)

Amanda Wilkinson of the Wilkinsons born in Belleville, Ontario, 1982 (now 38)
Walter Bailes of the Bailes Brothers born in Kanawha County, West Virginia, 1920 (died 2000)
Grady Martin born in Marshall County, Tennessee, 1929 (died 2001)
Cliffie Stone (CM 89) died in his home in Saugus, California (heart attack), 1998 (was 80)
Frank "Hylo" Brown died in Mechanicsburg, Ohio (natural causes), 2003 (was 81)
The street in front of Graceland renamed "Elvis Presley Boulevard," 1972

January 18:


Hargus "Pig" Robbins (CM 12) born in Spring City, Tennessee, 1938 (now 82)
Mark Collie born in Waynesboro, Tennessee, 1956 (now 64)

Linda Parker of the Cumberland Ridge Runners born in Covington, Kentucky, 1912 (died 1935)
Bobby Edwards born in Aniston, Alabama, 1926 (died 2012)
Eddie Hill (DJ 75) died (long-term illness), 1994 (was 74)
Glenn Frey died in New York, New York (pneumonia/complications of ulcerative colitis surgery), 2016 (was 67)

January 19:


Stu Phillips born in Montreal, Quebec, 1933 (now 87)
Dolly Parton (CM 99, NS 86; GLA 11) born in Locast Ridge, Tennessee, 1946 (now 74)
Stephanie Davis born in Bridger, Montana, 1958 (now 62)
Dennie Crouch of the Nashville Bluegrass Band born in Strawberry, Arkansas, 1967 (now 43)
Leo Soileau born in Ville Platte, Louisiana, 1904 (died 1980)
Ken Nelson (CM 01) born in Caledonia, Minnesota, 1911 (died 2008)

Oscar Sullivan born in Edmonton, Kentucky, 1919 (died 2012)
Charlie Waller of the Country Gentlemen (BG 96) born in Joinerville, TX, 1935 (died 2004)
Phil Everly (CM 01, NS 01; RR 86; GLA 97) born in Chicago, Illinois, 1939 (died 2014)
Ralph Peer (CM 84) died in Los Angeles, California (pneumonia), 1960 (was 67)
Vic McAlpin (NS 70) died in Nashville, Tennessee (unknown cause), 1980 (was 61)
Carl Perkins (NS 85; RR 87) died in Jackson, Tennessee (complications of stroke/throat cancer), 1998 (was 65)

James O'Gwynn died in Hattiesburg, Mississippi (long-term illness), 2011 (was 82)
George Jones' first recording session (for Starday), 1954

January 20:

John Michael Montgomery born in Danville, Kentucky, 1965 (now 55)

Huddie "Leadbelly" Leadbetter (NS 80; RR 88) born in Mooringsport, Louisiana, 1889 (died 1949).  The year of Leadbelly's birth is open for debate, as is the actual day, with numerous sources citing January 20, January 21, or January 23, and years of 1888 or 1889.
George Burns born in New York, New York, 1896 (died 1996). The legendary comedian and actor had a top 20 country song in 1980 with "I Wish I Was Eighteen Again."
Slim Whitman born in Tampa, Florida, 1924 (died 2013)
Larry Butler died in Pensacola, Florida (natural causes), 2012 (was 69)

January 21:

Mac Davis (NS 00) born in Lubbock, Texas, 1942 (now 78)
Jim Ibbottson of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1947 (now 73)

Cedric Rainwater (BG 07) died in Nashville, Tennessee (heart attack), 1970 (was 56)
Jim Anglin died in Nashville, Tennessee (cancer), 1987 (was 73)
Colonel Tom Parker died in Las Vegas, Nevada (stroke), 1997 (was 87). In addition to Elvis, Parker managed Eddy Arnold, Hank Snow, and Minnie Pearl early in their careers.

Maxine Brown (CM 15) died in Little Rock, Arkansas (heart and kidney disease), 2019 (was 87)
Patsy Cline appeared on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts and won the talent show,1957

January 22:

J.P. Pennington of Exile born in Berea, Kentucky, 1949 (now 71)

Teddy Gentry (CM 05) born in Fort Payne, Alabama, 1952 (now 68)
Dickie McBride of Cliff Bruner's Texas Wanderers born in New Baden, Texas, 1914 (died 1971)
Jimmy Day died in Buda, Texas (cancer), 1999 (was 65)
Janette Carter, the last surviving member of the Carter Family, died in Kingsport, Tennessee (Parkinson's disease/illness), 2006 (was 82)

January 23:

Etta May born in Bald Knob, Arkansas, 1962 (now 58)
Johnny Russell (NS 01) born in Sunflower County, Mississippi, 1940 (died 2001)
T. Texas Tyler died in Springfield, Missouri (stomach cancer), 1972 (was 55)

Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey (NS 79; SG 13) died in Chicago, Illinois (Alzheimer's disease), 1993 (was 93)
Art Stamper died in Louisville, Kentucky (throat cancer), 2005 (was 71)
Johnny Carson died in Hollywood, California (emphysema), 2005 (was 79). Carson had a number of country artists on The Tonight Show, including over two dozen appearances by Homer and Jethro, who Carson considered among his favorite guests.

Curtis Potter died in Abilene, Texas (pneumonia), 2016 (was 75)
Lari White died in Nashville, Tennessee (cancer), 2018 (was 52)
The Winter Dance Party began in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1959. Three of the headliners, Buddy Holly, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, and Ritchie Valens, would die 11 days later.

January 24:

Doug Kershaw born in Tiel Ridge, Louisiana, 1936 (now 84)
Ray Stevens (CM 19, NS 80) born in Clarksdale, Georgia, 1939 (now 81)
Becky Hobbs born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 1950 (now 70)
Keech Rainwater of Lonestar born in Plano, Texas, 1963 (now 57)

Jack Scott born in Windsor, Ontario, 1936 (died 2019)
Shot Jackson died in Nashville, Tennessee (complications of stroke), 1991 (was 70)
Justin Tubb died in Nashville, Tennessee (aortic aneurysm), 1998 (was 62)

January 25:

Claude Gray born in Henderson, Texas, 1932 (now 88)
Farrell "Rusty" Draper born in Kirksville, Missouri, 1923 (died 2003)
Speedy West (StG 80) born in Springfield, Missouri, 1924 (died 2003)
Cactus Jack Call died in Kansas City, Missouri (car wreck), 1963 (was 39).  A benefit concert for the disc jockey five weeks later would be the final performances by Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and Cowboy Copas.

Buddy Charleton (StG 93) died in Austin, Texas (lung cancer), 2011 (was 72)

January 26:

Lucinda Williams born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, 1953 (now 67)

Clayton McMichen born in Allatoona, Georgia, 1900 (died 1970)
James O'Gwynn born in Winchester, Mississippi, 1928 (died 2011)
Dave Rowland of Dave & Sugar born in Sanger, California, 1942 (died 2018)
Goebel Reeves died in Long Beach, California (heart attack), 1959 (was 59)

Charlie Louvin (CM 01, NS 79) died in Wartrace, Tennessee (pancreatic cancer), 2011 (was 83)
Hillary Clinton 
disparagingly invoked Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man" during an interview, 1992

January 27:

Lee Carroll of Exile born in Glasgow, Kentucky, 1953 (now 67)
Cheryl White of the Whites born in Wichita Falls, Texas, 1955 (now 65)
Richard Young of the Kentucky Headhunters born in Glasgow, Kentucky, 1955 (now 65)
Tracy Lawrence born in Atlanta, Texas, 1968 (now 52)
Joe Callahan of the Callahan Brothers born in Madison County, North Carolina, 1910 (died 1971)

Buddy Emmons (SG 81) born in Mishawaka, Indiana, 1937 (died 2015)
Claude Akins died in Altadena, California (cancer), 1994 (was 67). Among the actor's roles was Sonny on the TV series Movin' On, which featured the title song performed by Merle Haggard.

January 28:

Greg Cook of Ricochet born in Vian, Oklahoma, 1965 (now 55)
Bill Phillips born in Canton, North Carolina, 1936 (died 2010)

Harlow Wilcox born in Norman, Oklahoma, 1943 (died 2002)
Skeeter Willis died in Nashville, Tennessee (lymph cancer), 1976 (was 58)
Al Dexter (NS 71) died in Denton, Texas (heart attack), 1984 (was 78)

Jim Bowles (OTF) died in Kentucky (pneumonia), 1993 (was 89)
Jimmy Fortune joined the Statler Brothers, 1982

January 29:


Patsy Sledd born in Falcon, Missouri, 1944 (now 76)
Irlene Mandrell of the Mandrell Sisters born in Corpus Christi, Texas, 1957 (now 63)

Lloyd Perryman of the Sons of the Pioneers born in Ruth, Arkansas, 1917 (died 1977)
Little Jimmy Sizemore born in Paintsville, Kentucky, 1928 (died 2014)

January 30:

Jeanne Pruett born in Pell City, Alabama, 1937 (now 83)
Norma Jean ("Pretty Miss Norma Jean") born in Wellston, Oklahoma, 1938 (now 82)

Jerry Bradley (CM 19) born in Nashville, Tennessee, 1940 (now 80)
Harold Morrison born in High Lonesome, Missouri, 1931 (died 1993)
Melvin Endsley born in Drasco, Arkansas, 1934 (died 2004)
Ott Devine died in Nashville, Tennessee (unknown cause), 1994 (was 83)

January 31:

Lynwood Lunsford of Lost & Found born in Roxboro, North Carolina, 1962 (now 56)
Warren Smith died in Longview, Texas (heart attack), 1981 (was 47)

Doc Williams died in Wheeling, West Virginia (natural causes), 2011 (was 96)
Harold Bradley (CM 06) died in Nashville, Tennessee (natural causes), 2019 (was 93)

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Dates of Note in Country Music, January 1-15

Category: News

(Hall of Fame members in bold on birth/death date, followed by hall[s] of fame in which they are enshrined and the year enshrined.  CM=Country Music; BG=Bluegrass; NS=Nashville Songwriter; SG=Southern Gospel; StG=Steel Guitar; WS=Western Swing; GLA=Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipient; RR=also in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

January 1:


Frank Kettering of the Hoosier Hot Shots born in Monmouth, Illinois, 1909 (died 1973)
Hank Williams (CM 61, NS 70, RR 87, GLA 87) died in the back seat of a car between Knoxville, Tennessee and Oak Hill, West Virginia (cardiac arrest), 1953 (was 29)
Aubrey "Moon" Mullican (NS 76) died in Beaumont, Texas (heart attack), 1967 (was 57)
Floyd "Salty" Holmes of the Prairie Ramblers died (unknown cause), 1970 (was 60)
Townes Van Zandt (NS 16) died in Mount Juliet, Tennessee (heart attack), 1997 (was 52)
Del Reeves died in Nashville, Tennessee (emphysema), 2007 (was 73)

Patti Page (Clara Fowler) died in Encinitas, California (long illness), 2013 (was 85)
Cousin Jody (ne James Summey) quit Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain Boys (along with two other members), 1939.  Acuff replaced Cousin Jody with Beecher Ray Kirby, who was later nicknamed "Bashful Brother Oswald."
Johnny Cash played at San Quentin prison, 1959. Among the prisoners in attendance was Merle Haggard.

The first episode of The Porter Wagoner Show aired in syndication, 1961

January 2:

Dick Feller born in Bronaugh, Missouri, 1943 (now 77)

Harold Bradley (CM 06) born in Nashville, Tennessee, 1926 (died 2019)
Roger Miller (CM 95, NS 73) born in Fort Worth, Texas, 1936 (died 1992)
Red Smiley (BG 92) died in Richmond, Virginia (complications from diabetes), 1972 (was 47)
Tex Ritter (CM 64, NS 71) died in Nashville, Tennessee (heart attack), 1974 (was 68)
Wayne Walker (NS 75) died in Nashville, Tennessee (cancer), 1979 (was 53)

Little Jimmy Dickens (CM 83) died in Nashville, Tennessee (heart failure/stroke), 2015 (was 94)

January 3:

Nikki Nelson of Highway 101 born in San Diego, California, 1969 (now 51)

Leon McAuliffe (StG 78) born in Houston, Texas, 1917 (died 1988)
Elwood Goins (BG 09) born in Bramwell, WV, 1936 (died 2007)
Felton Jarvis died in Nashville, Tennessee (stroke), 1981 (was 46)
Doye O'Dell died in Northridge, California (complications of a stroke), 2001 (was 88)

Quanah Talmadge Tubb (better known as Billy Talmadge Tubb) died in El Paso, Texas (unknown causes), 2007 (was 81)
Phil Everly (CM 01, RR 86) died in Burbank, California (COPD), 2014 (was 74)
Sam Lovullo died in Encino, California (natural causes), 2017 (was 88)
Steve Ripley of the Tractors died in Pawnee, Oklahoma (cancer), 2019 (was 69)
Grandpa Jones suffered stroke after performing on the Grand Ole Opry, 1998
Sam Phillips opened Sun Recording Studio, 1950

January 4:

Mike Henderson born in Independence, Missouri, 1955 (now 65)
Kathy Forester of the Forester Sisters born in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, 1955 (now 65)
Patty Loveless born in Pikeville, Kentucky, 1957 (now 63)
Deana Carter born in Nashville, Tennessee, 1966 (now 54)

Lorene Mann born in Huntland, Tennessee, 1937 (died 2013)
Clayton McMichen died in Battletown, Kentucky (unknown causes), 1970 (was 69)
Jake Hess (SG 97) died in Opelika, Alabama (complications of heart attack), 2004 (was 76)
First barn dance program in America airs on WBAP, Fort Worth, Texas, 1923

January 5:


Iris DeMent born in Paragould, Arkansas, 1961 (now 59)

Big Bill Lister born in Kenedy, Texas, 1923 (died 2009)
Sam Phillips (Sun Records owner) (CM 01, RR 86) born in Florence, Alabama, 1923 (died 2003)
Steve Ripley of the Tractors born in Boise, Idaho, 1950 (died 2019)
Tug McGraw, former baseball pitcher and father of Tim McGraw, died in his son's home in Nashville, Tennessee (brain cancer), 2004 (was 59)

January 6:


Joey Miskulin ("Joey the Cow Polka King") of Riders in the Sky born in Chicago, Illinois, 1949 (now 71)
Jett Williams born in Montgomery, Alabama, 1953 (now 67)
Harry "Hap" Peebles born in Anthony, Kansas, 1913 (died 1993)

Earl Scruggs (CM 85, BG 91, NS 07; GLA 08) born in Flint Hill, North Carolina, 1924 (died 2012)
Autry Inman born in Florence, Alabama, 1929 (died 1988)
Bobby Lord born in Sanford, Florida, 1934 (died 2008)
Chubby Wise (BG 98) died in Bowie, Maryland (heart attack), 1996 (was 80)
Bobby Austin died in Camas, Washington (illness), 2002 (was 68)
Sneaky Pete Kleinkow died in Petaluma, California (complications of Alzheimer's disease), 2007 (was 72)
Ken Nelson (CM 01) died in Somis, California (natural causes), 2008 (was 96)

January 7:

Leona Williams born in Vienna, Missouri, 1943 (now 77)
Marshall Chapman born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, 1949 (now 71)
David Lee Murphy born in Herrin, Illinois, 1959 (now 61)
Bunny Biggs (Jamup of Jamup and Honey) born, 1897 (died 1948)

Jack Greene born in Maryville, Tennessee, 1930 (died 2013)
Owen Bradley (CM 74) died in Nashville, Tennessee (heart ailment/complications of flu), 1998 (was 82)

January 8:

Christy Lane born in Peoria, Illinois, 1940 (now 80)

Holly Tashian born in New York, New York, 1946 (now 74)
Hoke Rice of the Rice Brothers born in Gainesville, Georgia, 1909 (died 1974)
Luther Perkins born in Memphis, Tennessee, 1928 (died 1968)
Elvis Presley (CM 98, RR 86; GLA 71) born in Tupelo, Mississippi, 1935 (died 1977)
Randall Hylton born in Willis, Virginia, 1946 (died 2001)
Sara Carter (CM 70, BG 01; GLA 05) died in Lodi, California (lengthy illness), 1979 (was 79)
Maxwell Emmett "Pat" Buttram, died in Los Angeles, California (kidney failure), 1994 (was 78)

Red Simpson died in Bakersfield, California (heart attack), 2016 (was 81)
The U.S. Postal Service issues a 29c postage stamp featuring Elvis Presley, 1993. The stamp is the Postal Service's best-selling commemorative stamp of all-time, with sales of over 517,000,000.
Billboard magazine publishes first "Hillbilly Records" chart, 1944. The first #1 song was "Pistol Packin' Mama" -- the Bing Crosby & Andrews Sisters' version. Al Dexter's original would be the second #1 song in Billboard chart history.

January 9:

Henry Slaughter (SG 06) born in Roxboro, North Carolina, 1927 (now 92)

Roy Head born in Three Rivers, Texas, 1943 (now 77)
Crystal Gayle born in Paintsville, Kentucky, 1951 (now 69)
Jimmy Day (StG 82) born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1934 (died 1999)
Big Al Downing born in Lenapah, Oklahoma, 1940 (died 2005)

Jimmy Boyd ("I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus") born in McComb, Mississippi, 1940 (died 2009)
Richard Nixon born in Yorba Linda, California, 1913 (died 1994). Nixon was the first sitting U.S. president to attend the Grand Ole Opry (1974).
Jon Hager of the Hager Twins died in Nashville, Tennessee (illness), 2009 (was 67)

January 10:

Curly Ray Cline (BG 09) born in Braisden, West Virginia, 1923 (died 1997)
Zeb Turner died (cancer), 1978 (was 62)
Loretta Webb married Oliver "Mooney" Lynn, 1948

January 11:

Naomi Judd born in Ashland, Kentucky, 1946 (now 74)
Robert Earl Keen born in Houston, Texas, 1956 (now 64)

Kelly Hogan born in Atlanta, Georgia, 1965 (now 54)
Tommy Duncan (WS 86) born in Hillsboro, Texas, 1911 (died 1967)
Goldie Hill Smith born in Kanes County, Texas, 1933 (died 2005)

Max D. Barnes (NS 92) died in Nashville, Tennesee (pneumonia), 2004 (was 67)
Jimmy Griffin of the Remingtons died in Franklin, Tennessee (cancer), 2005 (was 61)

Margaret Whiting died in Englewood, New Jersey (natural causes), 2011 (was 86)
Tommy Allsup died in Springfield, Missouri (complications from hernia surgery), 2017 (was 85)
Tom Perryman (DJ 88) died in Tyler, Texas (long illness), 2018 (was 90)
Shirley Foley Boone died in Beverly Hills, California (vasculitis), 2019 (was 84).  Pat Boone's wife was also the daughter of Red Foley and mother of Debby Boone.
Stonewall Jackson filed $10 million age discrimination lawsuit against the Grand Ole Opry, 2007

January 12:

William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys (CM 15) born in Brewton, Alabama, 1939 (now 81)
Ricky Van Shelton born in Danville, Virginia, 1952 (now 68)
LaWanda Lindsey born in Tampa, Florida, 1953 (now 67)
Claudia Church Crowell born in Lenoir, North Carolina, 1962 (now 58)

Tex Ritter (CM 64, NS 71) born in Panola County, Texas, 1905 (died 1974)
Jack Rhodes (NS 72) born in Gedden, Texas, 1907 (died 1968)
Ray Price (CM 96) born in Perryville, Texas, 1926 (died 2013)
Paul Warren (BG 13) died in Nashville, Tennessee (illness), 1978 (was 59)
Charlie Collins died in Nashville, Tennessee (stroke), 2012 (was 78)
Bonnie Guitar died in Soap Lake, Washington (congestive heart failure), 2019 (was 95)
Sanger D. "Whitey" Shafer (NS 89) died in Nashville, Tennessee (cancer), 2019 (was 84)
The film O Brother, Where Art Thou opened nationwide, 2001. The soundtrack won three Grammy awards: Album of the Year, Best Country Collaboration with Vocals (Dan Tyminski, "Man of Constant Sorrow"), and Best Male Country Vocal Performance (Dr. Ralph Stanley, "O Death"). It also sold over eight million copies and sparked a brief resurgence in the popularity of bluegrass and traditional country music.

January 13:

Trace Adkins born in Springhill, Louisiana, 1962 (now 58)

Ezra Cline (BG 09) born in Gilbert Creek, VA, 1907 (died 1984)
Jenny Lou Carson (NS 71) born in Decatur, Illinois, 1915 (died 1978)

Stephen Foster (NS 10) died in New York New York (complications of fever and blood loss from cut), 1864 (was 37)
Doyle Holly died in Nashville, Tennessee (prostate cancer), 2007 (was 70)

January 14:

Joseph Henry "T-Bone" Burnett born in St. Louis Missouri, 1948 (now 72).  An Americana music performer and producer (of albums by Los Lobos and the BoDeans), he was the producer of the award-winning soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou.

Billie Jo Spears born in Beaumont, Texas, 1937 (died 2011) 

January 15:

David Lynn Jones born in Bexar, Arkansas, 1950 (now 69)

Kurt Howell of Southern Pacific born in Winter Haven, Florida, 1958 (now 61)
Billy Walker born in Ralls, Texas, 1929 (died 2006)
Peter Kuykendall (BG 96) born in Wasington, DC, 1938 (died 2017)
Ron Davies born in Shreveport, Louisiana, 1946 (died 2003)
Jack Guthrie died in Livermore, California (tuberculosis), 1948 (was 32)
Vic Willis died in Hohenwald, Tennessee (car wreck), 1995 (was 72)

Sunday, December 29, 2019

The Final Songs in 2019

Category: Tribute


Here are the people related to the world of country music for whom the final curtain fell in 2019.

Billy Adams (March 30, illness, age 79): Rockabilly Hall of Fame singer and gospel songwriter (author of "I Saw the Man," best-known by the Happy Goodman Family).

Frank Arnett (January 7, unknown cause, age 81): steel guitarist for several Bakersfield-based acts such as Wynn Stewart and Rose Maddox, later worked for Marty Stuart.

Jeff Austin (June 24, unspecified medical emergency, age 45): co-founder of and mandolin player for Yonder Mountain String Band.

Hal Blaine (March 11, natural causes, age 90): a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer, his long and illustrious career saw him play on #1 hits as diverse as "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis, "Cherokee Reservation (Lament of the Cherokee Indian)" by Paul Revere & the Raiders, and "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma" by David Frizzell & Shelly West.

Anne Boatman (June 16, Alzheimer's disease, age 71): "Opry Annie" was the assistant to Bud Wendell at the Grand Ole Opry.

Terry Bock (January 3, unknown cause, age 81): promoter for acts such as David Houston and owner of the traveling Nashville Country Music Museum.

Shirley Boone (January 11, vasculitis, age 84):  the wife of pop crooner Pat Boone was also the daughter of Hall of Fame great Red Foley.

Harold Bradley (January 31, natural causes, age 93):  Hall of Fame session musician who was part of the original "A Team," businessman, and co-founder (with brother Owen) of the Quonset Hut.

busbee (ne Michael Ryan) (September 29, glioblastoma, age 43): songwriter who worked with a number of modern acts including Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, and Garth Brooks.

Charlie Brocco (February 4, unknown cause, age 64): Grammy-winning album engineer who was rewarded for his work on Kacey Musgraves' Same Trailer, Different Park.

Maxine Brown (January 21, heart and kidney disease, age 87): the oldest of the Country Music Hall of Fame trio the Browns.

William "Beau" Bruce (May 15, unknown cause, age 49): the son of singer/songwriter Ed Bruce was also an executive at MCA Publishing.

Jerry Carrigan (June 22, long illness, age 77): Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section drummer who also worked on a large number of country recordings beginning in the 60s.

Frances Scott Carter (May 5, unknown cause, age 89):  costume designer on the TV series Hee Haw.

Justin Carter (March 16, accidental shooting, age 35): Texas-based country singer.  He was killed in an accidental shooting during the filming of a video.

Larry Carter (April 30, heart attack, age 62): longtime DJ and host of the much-loved "Bluegrass for Breakfast" program originating on WCXZ in Harrogate, Tennessee, and streamed worldwide on TuneIn.

Keith Case (September 4, unknown cause, age 79): head of the prolific Keith Case & Associates agency, who represented countless acoustic, bluegrass, and Americana artists.

Steve Cash (October 13, unknown cause, age 73): co-founder and harmonica player for the country/rock band Ozard Mountain Daredevils and writer of their biggest hit, "Jackie Blue."

John Cohen (September 16, natural causes, age 87): co-founder of the New Lost City Ramblers as well as a photographer and music professor.

Earl Thomas Conley (April 10, cerebral atrophy, age 77): songwriter and singer with a long string of hits in the 1980s.

Bob Cornett (April 11, natural causes, age 89): founder of Kentucky's "Festival of the Bluegrass" and bluegrass concert promoter in Kentucky and Florida.

Sonny Curtis (October 11, Alzheimer's disease, age 83): not the Cricket Sonny Curtis; rather, the steel guitarist who played for George Jones' Jones Boys for George Jones for decades.

Chuck Dauphin (September 18, complications of diabetes, age 45):  respected country music journalist for Billboard and Rolling Stone

Ray Deaton (June 4, unknown cause, age 66): one-time bass player in Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver who went on to co-found IIIrd Tyme Out with other former DL&Q members Russell Moore and Mike Hartgrove.

Edd Easter (January 30, unknown cause, age 84): member of the legendary bluegrass gospel group the Easter Brothers.

Al Embry (September 9, natural causes, age 82): longtime talent manager and promoter who worked with the likes of George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Statler Brothers, and Merle Haggard.

Raymond Fairchild (October 13, heart attack, age 80): award-winning, influential banjo player who delighted bluegrass audiences for decades.

Toni Foglesong (June 7, unknown cause, age 92): widow of music executive and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Jim Foglesong.

Fred Foster (February 20, natural causes, age 87): Country Music Hall of Fame record executive (founder of Monument Records), producer (Roy Orbison), and songwriter ("Me and Bobbie McGee").


Donnie Fritts (August 27, complications of heart surgery, age 76): the longtime Kris Kristofferson musician was also a songwriter and an early member of the "Swampers," the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.  Jerry Carrigan, who also passed away this year, was also an early member of the Swampers.

Phran Galante (September 23, lung cancer, age 64): video producer for acts such as Alabama, K.T. Oslin, and Alan Jackson.

Vivian Gilley (December 13, Alzheimer's disease, age 80): wife of country singer Mickey Gilley and his manager.

Chuck Glaser (June 10, unknown cause, age 83): the last surviving member of the trio Tompall and the Glaser Brothers.  His brother Jim died April 6.

Jim Glaser (April 6, heart attack, age 82): member of Tompall and the Glaser Brothers.  His brother Chuck died June 10.

Dr. Jerry Goff (July 12, unknown cause, age 84): Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee who was a member of the LaFevres, a well-known trumpet player in southern gospel music, and one of the founders of the Gospel Music Association.

John Goodson (May 21, non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver, age 54): banjo player in the bluegrass gospel band the Gospel Plowboys.

Bonnie Guitar (January 13, congestive heart failure, age 95): country music singer and songwriter who had a crossover hit in 1957 with "Dark Moon."

Dallas Harms (October 12, cancer, age 84): Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame singer/songwriter whose best-known composition for US audiences would most likely be Gene Watson's hit "Paper Rosie."

Kylie Rae Harris (September 4, car wreck, age 30): Texas-based country singer who was starting her career after appearing on the TV series Troubadour, TX. 

Hoyt Herbert (July 5, unknown cause, age 87): longtime country (Lefty Frizzell) and bluegrass (Charlie Monroe's Kentucky Partners) banjo player, as well as host of WFMX's bluegrass show in North Carolina.

Dot Hindman (October 31, natural causes, age 98):  longtime figure in numerous Nashville music publishing companies.

John A. Hobbs (June 12, natural causes, age 91): the founder of Music Valley staples the Fiddler's Inn and (co-founding with Jerry Reed) the Nashville Palace.

Don Hoglen (September 27, unknown cause, age 87): last surviving member of Mac Wiseman's original Country Boys band.

Don Imus (December 26, unknown cause, age 79): legendary radio host (and VH-1 VJ) whose Imus Ranch Record albums had country singers covering interesting songs (such as Jamey Johnson's superb rendition of Meat Loaf's "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad"). 

Juanita Jackson (January 11, Alzheimer's disease, age 81): wife of country great Stonewall Jackson and his business manager.

Terry Jennings (January 25, unknown cause, age 62): oldest son of Waylon Jennings and author of Waylon: Tales of My Outlaw Dad.  He also worked as tour manager and merchandise salesman for his father.

Carol Johnson (Carol Bass) (January 9, unknown cause, age 85): bluegrass bass player and singer with Jim and Jesse.

Dennis Jones (June 14, septic shock, age 62): bluegrass historian, disc jockey, sound man, and festival MC who had no lack of friends in the bluegrass or country music world.

Martin Katahn (October 17, extended illness, age 91): bestselling diet author (The Rotation Diet) and professor who also did numerous session work at Studio B during the "Nashville Sound" era of country music.

John Kilzner (March 12, suicide [hanging], age 62): country and rock songwriter whose best-known song was "Green, Yellow, Red," covered by Rosanne Cash on King's Record Shop

Bob Kingsley (October 17, bladder cancer, age 80): 1998 Country Radio Hall of Fame inductee who was the longtime host of the radio program America's Country Countdown.

Carl Knight (September 13, unknown cause, age 89): country songwriter with songs recorded by the likes of Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Mel Tillis, and Del Reeves.  He was also in WW and the Dixie Dance Kings. 

Sleepy LaBeef (December 26, unknown cause, age 84):  Rockabilly Hall of Fame singer who began a career in the 1950s and continued his success, primarily in Europe, until the day he died.

Joe Mansfield (October 31, cancer, age 77): executive at Capitol Records when Garth Brooks' career was taking off.  He continued to work for Brooks after leaving Capitol.

Glenn Martin (May 12, natural causes, age 86): Grammy-nominated country songwriter responsible for hits such as "Is Anybody Going to San Antone" and "If We're Not Back in Love By Monday."

Martha McCrory (February 16, natural causes, age 98): classically-trained cellist who played on numerous country music sessions with the likes of Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, and Elvis.

Ed McGowan (October 8, cause and age unknown): husband and manager of Rattlesnake Annie.

Anne Miller (January 2, illness, age unknown):  wife of country music singer/songwriter Frankie Miller.

Todd Milsap (February 23, unknown cause, age 49): son of Country Music Hall of Fame legend Ronnie Milsap.

Dan Mitchell (May 22, cause and age unknown): songwriter best-known for writing "If You're Gonna Play in Texas (You've Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)" by Alabama.  

Ralph Murphy (May 28, pneumonia, age 75): Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame member noted for writing such songs as Crystal Gayle's hits "Talking in Your Sleep" and "Half the Way."

Jerry Naylor (December 5, unknown cause, age 80): member and lead vocalist of the Crickets for two years after Buddy Holly's death.

Alan Perdue (February 20, cirrhosis of the liver, age 49): bluegrass mandolin great who was a member of the band Mountain Heart.

Troy "Renfro" Proffitt (July 25, illness, age 69): guitarist in the 70s incarnation of Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys.

Gina Putman (August 5, unknown cause, age 45): daughter of songwriting legend Curly Putman was an employee at Sony-Tree Publishing.

Leon Rausch (May 14, illness, age 91): "the voice of the Texas Playboys" for a number of years beginning in the late 50s, and leader of the Texas Playboys band after Bob Wills' death.

Billy Ray Reynolds (November 29, unknown cause, age 79): country songwriter who had songs recorded by acts as diverse as Tom Jones and Alison Krauss.  He was also the guitarist for the supergroup the Highwaymen.

Steve Ripley (January 3, cancer, age 69): the founder and only regular member of the country-rock group the Tractors, best known for "Baby Likes to Rock It."

Raeanne Rubenstein (December 2, cardiac arrest, age 74): noted celebrity photography who took photos of numerous country music legends.

Vickie Salas (January 16, cancer, age 66): longtime companion of country legend Bill Anderson and the subject of his song "Until the Light Comes on Again."

Ray Sawyer (December 31, 2018, brief illness, age 81): one of the lead singers of Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, who had eight charted country songs in addition to their long career as a rock group.

Jack Scott (December 11, congestive heart failure, age 83): Canadian-born Rockabilly Hall of Fame singer who found success in country and rockabilly in the US.

Jeanette Scott (January 7, unknown cause, age 62): secretary of the organization R.O.P.E. (Reunion of Professional Entertainers).

Les Sears (January 15, heart attack, age 70):  longtime regional bluegrass guitarist, disc jockey, and festival MC.  He was stricken while performing onstage at the Yee Haw Music Festival in Florida.

Sanger D. "Whitey" Shafer (January 12, cancer, age 84): Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame songwriter responsible for such classics as "That's the Way Love Goes," "The Baptism of Jesse Taylor," "All My Exes Live in Texas," and "Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind."

Al Shusterman (April 24, unknown cause, age 75): longtime country DJ and host of the Sacramento, California program Backwoods Bluegrass.

Dewayne "Son" Smith (March 16, unknown cause, age 72): "Son" in the Geezenslaw Brothers.  Fellow Geezenslaw Sammy Allred passed away in 2018.

Faye Smith (September 13, unknown cause, age 83): longtime executive at BMI in Nashville.

Russell Smith (July 12, cancer, age 70): the lead singer and main songwriter for the country-rock group the Amazing Rhythm Aces, he also wrote songs covered by the likes of George Jones, George Strait, and T. Graham Brown.  He was also a member of the bluegrass parody group Run C&W.

John Starling (May 2, heart failure, age 79): original lead singer and guitarist for the Bluegrass Hall of Fame band the Seldom Scene.

Guy Stevenson (January 4, illness, age 89): onetime member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys and three-time SPBGMA award winner for bass player of the year.

Bertie Sullivan (February 21, unknown cause, age 78):  three-time SPBGMA "promoter or the year" award winner for her work in bluegrass concerts and festivals.

Joe Sun (October 25, natural causes, age 76): a songwriter who had marginal success recording his own songs; however, one of them ("Old Flames [Can't Hold a Candle to You]") became a #1 hit for Dolly Parton. 

Phil Thomas (January 5, unknown cause, age 74): country songwriter whose contributions included "Colorado Kool-Aid" and "Me and the IRS" by Johnny Paycheck and "Drinkin' My Way Back Home" by Gene Watson.

Luke Thompson (June 12, natural causes, age 91): Louisiana-based instrumental builder who also worked in country and bluegrass on the Louisiana Hayride.

Daniel "Flop" Tidwell (January 6, unknown cause, age 69): one-time owner of Nashville's legendary Exit/In club.

Doris Tillis (August 29, natural causes, age 79): widow of Mel Tillis and mother of Pam Tillis.

David Turner (September 18, bus wreck, age 64): road sound man for Josh Turner (no relation) for 14 years, he had also worked for the likes of Patty Loveless and Eddie Rabbitt.

Maggie Lewis Warwick (March 29, pneumonia, age 79): songwriter whose best-known works include "Mountain of Love" (covered by Johnny Rivers, Bobby G. Rice, and Charley Pride) and "The Girl Most Likely" a hit for Jeannie C. Riley).

Rusty Wilcoxen (July 17, illness, age 68): TNN producer who worked on country shows Nashville Now, American Music Shop, and Grand Ole Opry Live. 

Larry T. Wilson (December 5, illness, age 61): songwriter who had his songs recorded by the likes of Sammy Kershaw and Marty Raybon.

Mac Wiseman (February 24, kidney failure, age 93): "the voice with a heart" who thrilled bluegrass and country fans for seven decades, and an inductee in both the Country and Bluegrass halls of fame.  He was also an active music businessman, helping found the Country Music Association and the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Emmons "Skip" Woolwine (November 7, heart illness, age 61): founding member of the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame and, when hired, the youngest announcer in WSM history (hired at age 17).

Reggie Young (January 14, heart failure, age 82): longtime session guitarist who worked as an original member of Bill Black's Combo and with acts as diverse as Elvis Presley and Jimmy Buffett.

Vern Young (June 14, natural causes, age 95): bluegrass musician who had a Mac Wiseman-like voice and a long career.  He was also a country music DJ in Missouri and the former husband of Anne Young, who later married (and died with) Ira Louvin.


Farewell, and thank you for the music.


Friday, December 13, 2019

Dates of Note in Country Music, December 16-31

Category: News

(Hall of Fame members in bold on birth/death date, followed by hall[s] of fame in which they are enshrined and the year enshrined.  CM=Country Music; BG=Bluegrass; DJ=Country Disc Jockey; NS=Nashville Songwriter; SG=Southern Gospel; StG=Steel Guitar WS=Western Swing; GLA=Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipient; RR=also in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)


December 16:


Jeff Carson born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1964 (now 55)
Shelby Singleton born in Waskom, Texas, 1931 (died 2009)
Jim Glaser of the Glaser Brothers born in Spalding, Nebraska, 1937 (died 2019)
Jenny Lou Carson (NS 71) died in Torrance, California (unknown causes), 1978 (was 63)
Martha Carson died in Nashville, Tennessee (natural causes), 2004 (was 83)
Gary Stewart died in Fort Pierce, Florida (suicide [gunshot]), 2003 (was 58)
Dan Fogelberg died in Deer Island, Maine (cancer), 2007 (was 56)

Ray Price (CM 96) died in Mount Pleasant, Texas (pancreatic cancer), 2013 (was 87)

December 17:


Frankie Miller born in Victoria, Texas, 1931 (now 88)
Sharon White Skaggs born in Wichita Falls, Texas, 1953 (now 66) 
Tracy Byrd born in Vidor, Texas, 1966 (now 53)
Karl Davis born in Mount Vernon, Kentucky, 1905 (died 1979)
Spade Cooley born in Grand, Oklahoma, 1910 (died 1969)
Nat Stuckey born in Cass County, Texas, 1933 (died 1988)
Roy Huskey Jr. born in Nashville, Tennessee, 1956 (died 1997)
Rex Allen Sr. died in Tuscon, Arizona (accidentally run over by car), 1999 (was 77)
Lance LeRoy (BG 00) died in Nashville, Tennessee (unknown cause), 2015 (was 84)
Commercial plane carrying Doug Stone crash-lands in Chicago, 1999. Stone was uninjured.

December 18:

Cledus T. Judd (real name: James Poole) born in Crowe Springs, Georgia, 1964 (now 55)
Wilf Carter (Montana Slim) (NS 71) born in Port Hilford, Nova Scotia, 1904 (died 1996)
Gordie Tapp died in Burlington, Ontario (pneumonia), 2016 (was 94)
The Louvin Brothers' first recording session (they recorded "Alabama") at Castle Studios, Nashville, 1947

December 19:

John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Bang born in Long Beach, California, 1945 (now 74)
Janie Fricke born in South Whitney, Indiana, 1947 (now 72)
Jumpin' Bill Carlisle (CM 02) born in Wakefield, Kentucky, 1908 (died 2003)
Little Jimmy Dickens (CM 83) born in Bolt, West Virginia, 1920 (died 2015)
Marion Worth died in Madison, Tennessee (emphysema), 1999 (was 69)
Hank Williams' last show, given at the Skyline Club, Austin, Texas, 1952
Johnny Paycheck shot a man outside a bar in Greenfield, Ohio, 1985

December 20:

Skeeter Willis of the Willis Brothers born in Colton, Oklahoma, 1917 (died 1976)
Jack Stapp (CM 89) died in Nashville, Tennessee (unknown cause), 1980 (was 68)
Don Law (CM 01) died in LaMarque, Texas (unknown cause), 1982 (was 80)

Hank Snow (CM 79, NS 78) died in Nashville, Tennessee (various illnesses), 1999 (was 85)
Chip Young died in Nashville, Tennessee (complications from heart surgery), 2014 (was 76)

December 21:

Lee Roy Parnell born in Abilene, Texas, 1956 (now 63)
Christy Forrester of the Forester Sisters born in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, 1962 (now 57)
Vito Pellettieri born in Nashville, Tennessee, 1889 (died 1977)
Floyd "Lightnin'" Chance born in Como, Mississippi, 1925 (died 2005)

Freddie Hart (NS 04) born in Lockapoke, Alabama, 1926 (died 2018)
Natchee the Indian (ne Lester Vernon Storer) died in Santa Clara, California (unknown cause), 1970 (was 54)
John Bailes of the Bailes brothers died (unknown cause), 1989 (was 71)
Harold Morrison died in Springfield, Missouri (illness), 1993 (was 62)


December 22:

Red Stegall born in Gainesville, Texas, 1938 (now 81)
Chuck Mead of BR5-49 born in Nevada, Missouri, 1960 (now 59)
Paul Martin of Exile born in Winchester, Kentucky, 1962 (now 57)
Harold "Hawkshaw" Hawkins born in Huntington, West Virginia, 1921 (died 1963)
Dave Dudley died in Danbury, Wisconsin (heart attack), 2003 (was 75)
Dennis Linde (NS 01) died in Nashville, Tennessee (lung disease), 2006 (was 63)
Jimmy Work died in Dukedom, Tennessee (natural causes), 2018 (was 94)

December 23:

Murray "Buddy" Harman born in Nashville, Tennessee, 1928 (died 2008)


December 24:


Lulu Belle Wiseman born in Boone, North Carolina, 1913 (died 1999)
Zane Beck (StG 91) born in Clarksville, Arkansas, 1927 (died 1985)
Jake Hess (SG 97) born in Limestone County, Alabama, 1927 (died 2004)
Stoney Edwards born in Seminole, Oklahoma, 1929 (died 1997)
William J. "Billy" Hill (NS 82) died in Boston, Massachusetts (heart attack), 1940 (was 41)
Charlie Moore died in Maryland (illness), 1979 (was 44)

December 25:

Jimmy Buffett (NS 06) born in Pascagoula, Mississippi, 1946 (now 73)
Barbara Mandrell (CM 09, StG 09) born in Houston, Texas, 1948 (now 71)
Steve Wariner born in Noblesville, Indiana, 1954 (now 65)
Alton Delmore (CM 01, NS 71) born in Elkmont, Alabama, 1908 (died 1964)
J.R. "Curly" Seckler (BG 04) born in China Grove, North Carolina, 1919 (died 2017)
Billy Nelson, Willie Nelson's son, died in Nashville, Tennessee (suicide [hanged self]), 1991 (was 33)
Johnny Cash and family robbed and held at gunpoint in their Jamaica home, 1982

December 26:

Bob Carpenter of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1946 (now 73)
Travis Lewis of the Lewis Family (BG 06) born in Greenwood, South Carolina, 1958 (now 61)
Audrey Wiggins born in Asheville, North Carolina, 1967 (now 51)
Beecher Ray "Pete" "Bashful Brother Oswald" Kirby born in Sevier County, Tennessee, 1911 (died 2002)
Harry Choates born in Rayne, Louisiana, 1911 (died 1951)
Ronnie Prophet born in Calument, Quebec, 1938 (died 2018)
Jimmie Osborne died in Louisville, Kentucky (suicide [gunshot]), 1957 (was 34)
Miggie Lewis of the Lewis Family (BG 06) died in Augusta, Georgia (natural causes), 2017 (was 91)
Red Foley and wife Sally injured in a fire in their apartment in Nashhville, 1964

December 27:


Leonard T. "LT" Zinn (StG 05) born in Hanover, Pennsylvania, 1924 (now 95)
Les Taylor of Exile born in Oneida, Kentucky, 1948 (now 71)
Darrin Vincent of Dailey & Vincent born in Kirkville, Missouri, 1969 (now 50)

Scotty Moore (RR 00) born in Gadsden, Tennessee, 1931 (died 2016)
John Hughey (StG 96) born in Elaine, Arkansas, 1933 (died 2007)
Bob Luman died in Nashville, Tennessee (pneumonia), 1978 (was 41)
Hoagy Carmichael (NS 88) died in Rancho Mirage, California (heart ailment), 1981 (was 82)
Kent Robbins (NS 98) died in Clanton, Alabama (car wreck), 1997 (was 50)
Vestal Goodman (SG 02) died in Celebration, Florida (complications from the flu), 2003 (was 74)
Hank "Sugarfoot" Garland died in Orange Park, Florida (staph infection), 2004 (was 74)
J.R. "Curly" Seckler (BG 04) died in Nashville, Tennessee (natural causes), 2017 (was 98)

December 28:

Joe Diffie born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1958 (now 61)
Mike McGuire of Shenandoah born in Haleyville, Alabama, 1958 (now 61)
Marty Roe of Diamond Rio born in Lebanon, Ohio, 1960 (now 59)
Dorsey Burnette born in Memphis, Tennessee, 1932 (died 1979)
Mike Auldridge (BG 14) died in Silver Spring, Maryland (cancer), 2012 (was 73)
Hank Williams Jr.'s first recording session at age 14, 1963

December 29:

Rose Lee Maphis born in Baltimore, Maryland, 1922 (now 97)
Ed Bruce born in Keiser, Arkansas, 1939 (now 80)

December 30:

Suzy Bogguss born in Aledo, Illinois, 1956 (now 63)
Joaquin Murphey (StG 80) born in Hollywood, California, 1923 (died 1999)
Bob Ferguson born in Willow Spring, Missouri, 1927 (died 2001)
Orville "Red" Rhodes (StG 05) born in Alton, Illinois, 1930 (died 1995)
Skeeter Davis (nee Mary Frances Penick) born in Dry Ridge, Kentucky, 1931 (died 2004)
Melvin Goins (BG 09) born in Bramwell, West Virginia, 1933 (died 2016)
John Hartford (BG 10) born in New York, New York, 1937 (died 2001)
Mike Auldridge (BG 14) born in Washington, DC, 1938 (died 2012)
Elsie McWilliams (NS 79) died in Meridian, Mississippi (natural causes), 1985 (was 89)
Henry Strzelecki died in Nashville, Tennessee (hit by car), 2014 (was 75)


December 31:


Talmadge Lewis of the Lewis Family (BG 06) born in Lincolnton, Georgia, 1934 (now 85)
Rex Allen Sr. born in Wilcox, Arizona, 1920 (died 1999)
Dale Noe born in New Boston, Ohio, 1927 (died 2005)
John Denver born in Roswell, New Mexico, 1943 (died 1997)
Rick Nelson died in DeKalb, Texas (plane crash), 1985 (was 45)
Floyd Cramer (CM 03) died in Nashville, Tennessee (lung cancer), 1997 (was 64)
Jim McReynolds of Jim & Jesse (BG 93) died in Gallatin, Tennessee (cancer), 2002 (was 75)
Hairl Hensley (DJ 95) died in Nashville, Tennessee (illness), 2017 (was 82)
Charlie Louvin injured in car accident near Manchester, Tennessee, 2001
The original Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum building closed, 2000