Memoriam

Merle Haggard (1937 – 2016)

Merle Haggard (1937 – 2016)

Country Music Hall of Fame member Merle Haggard, born April 6, 1937 in Bakersfield, Calif., passed away Wednesday, April 6. He was 79. In an era when journalists and fans often saw Country artists through...Read full article... »

Joey Feek (1975-2016)

Joey Feek (1975-2016)

Joey Martin Feek, the Joey + Rory singer whose uplifting life story and dauntless courage in her struggle with cancer became an inspiration for thousands, passed away today, March 4, at the age of 40....Read full article... »

Sonny James (1928 – 2016)

Sonny James (1928 – 2016)

Country Music Hall of Fame member Sonny James, who was born James Hugh Loden on May 1, 1928 in Hackleburg, Ala. (95 miles northwest of Birmingham), passed away Monday. He was 87. The boy who...Read full article... »

Jeff Walker (1950–2015)

Jeff Walker (1950–2015)

International advocate and industry veteran Jeff Walker died suddenly Monday night in Nashville. He was 65. “Jeff understood the universal appeal of Country Music and was a passionate proponent of international expansion throughout his 21-year...Read full article... »

Tandy Rice (1938-2015)

Tandy Rice (1938-2015)

Tandy Rice, the talent manager, booking agent and colorful character who represented Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner and guided the improbably career of late comedian Jerry Clower, died Monday of a brain hemorrhage, according to...Read full article... »

Billy Sherrill (1936–2015)

Billy Sherrill (1936–2015)

Billy Sherrill, groundbreaking and legendary producer, songwriter and musician, a 2010 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and pioneer of the “countrypolitan” sound, died at home today following a short illness. He was...Read full article... »

Lynn Anderson (1947 – 2015)

Lynn Anderson (1947 – 2015)

Lynn Anderson, the sweet-voiced child of songwriters and had a long string of hits in the 1970s and ‘80s, has died. She was 67. Anderson won a number of awards and was one of the...Read full article... »

Jim Ed Brown (1934 – 2015)

Jim Ed Brown (1934 – 2015)

Jim Ed Brown, who helped reshape the future of Country Music with his sisters in family trio The Browns and was a beloved figure in Nashville for decades, passed away Thursday night. Mr. Brown, who...Read full article... »

Bob Meador (1926 – 2015)

Bob Meador (1926 – 2015)

Bob Meador, age 88, passed away in the early hours of the morning on Feb. 3, surrounded by his wife and two children. His wife, Jo Walker-Meador, was the first Executive Director of the Country Music Association,...Read full article... »

Dixie Hall (1935-2015)

Dixie Hall (1935-2015)

Respected songwriter “Miss Dixie” Hall, 80, passed away at her home in Nashville on Friday, Jan. 16. She was born Iris Violet May Lawrence, she developed a love for Country Music while growing up in...Read full article... »

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