Memoriam

Paul Craft (1938–2014)

Paul Craft (1938–2014)

Just days after his induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Paul Craft died at age 76. Raised on a family plantation in Proctor, Arkansas, and then in Memphis, Tennessee, and Richmond, Virginia, Craft...Read full article... »

George Hamilton IV (1937–2014)

George Hamilton IV (1937–2014)

George Hamilton IV’s 44-year run as a member of the Grand Ole Opry has come to its end. On Sept. 17, two days after suffering a heart attack, the mellow-voice baritone passed away in a...Read full article... »

JIMMY C. NEWMAN (1927–2014)

JIMMY C. NEWMAN (1927–2014)

Cajun music became a presence on the American music landscape largely because of Jimmy C. Newman. Born in High Point, Louisiana, he grew up on a musical diet of the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Bob...Read full article... »

DON LIGHT (1937–2014)

DON LIGHT (1937–2014)

Former CMA Board member Don Light wore many hats during his many years of prominence in Nashville. The Tennessee native began his professional career as a radio DJ. In 1961, the Grand Ole Opry house...Read full article... »

LOUDILLA JOHNSON (1938-2014)

LOUDILLA JOHNSON (1938-2014)

CMA owes much to the Johnson sisters, Kay, Loretta and Loudilla, whose pioneering work not only helped set the stage for CMA Music Festival but made the artist/fan relationship a fundamental part of the Country...Read full article... »

LESTER ARMISTEAD (1942-2014)

LESTER ARMISTEAD (1942-2014)

As a founding member of The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, “Lonesome” Lester Armistead propelled both the comedy and the old-time music with his percussive jug blowing. His tenor singing recalled the late Bashful Brother Oswald,...Read full article... »

KEVIN SHARP, 1970-2014

KEVIN SHARP, 1970-2014

After surviving a battle with cancer in his late teens and building a base of loyal fans who admired his courage as well as his music, Country singer Kevin Sharp succumbed on Saturday, April 19,...Read full article... »

OTIS HEAD, 1919-2014

OTIS HEAD, 1919-2014

Otis Head, a harmonica virtuoso, a boxer, a music promoter, a record producer, an entrepreneur and a radio personality who clocked nearly 60 years on the air, died April 8 at Heritage Health Care in...Read full article... »

BOBBY DENTON (1941-2014

BOBBY DENTON (1941-2014

Celebrated for more than 40 as the voice of Knoxville’s Tennessee Vols, Bobby Denton was also a successful Country radio station GM and a member of the CMA Board of Directors from 1987 to 1992....Read full article... »

ARTHUR “GUITAR BOOGIE” SMITH (1921-2014)

ARTHUR “GUITAR BOOGIE” SMITH (1921-2014)

One of the most powerful moments in the classic film “Deliverance” might have lacked much of its impact if not for Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith. It happens during the scene in which actor Ronnie Cox,...Read full article... »

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