Memoriam

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... »

IN MEMORIAM: BOBETTE DUDLEY

IN MEMORIAM: BOBETTE DUDLEY

A beloved, respected, and admired 30-year veteran of the Country Music industry, Bobette Dudley passed away at midnight Sunday (March 9) from injuries sustained in a single car accident Friday in her hometown of Lobelville,...Read full article... »

PENNY DEHAVEN (1946-2014)

PENNY DEHAVEN (1946-2014)

Born Charlotte Belle DeHaven in Winchester, Va., this upbeat and engaging Country singer rose to national prominence in the late 1960s under the stage name Penny DeHaven. She succumbed to cancer on Feb. 23 at age...Read full article... »

LARRY MOELLER (1938-2014)

LARRY MOELLER (1938-2014)

CMA lifetime Member Larry Allen Moeller enjoyed a long and distinguished career in Country Music, during which he earned a reputation as one of Nashville’s most respected talent agents. He also played an important role...Read full article... »

PHIL EVERLY (1939-2014)

PHIL EVERLY (1939-2014)

The tradition of sibling singers is embedded within the body of Country Music. Maybe it has something to do with its Appalachian roots, in families that weathered hard times and found escape through singing songs...Read full article... »

RAY PRICE (1926-2013)

RAY PRICE (1926-2013)

One night back in 2007, as gossip about the paternity of Anna Nicole Smith’s newborn daughter buzzed throughout the media, listeners filled the Grand Ole Opry House, hoping to escape for a few hours of...Read full article... »

WAYNE MILLS (1969-2013)

WAYNE MILLS (1969-2013)

Jerald Wayne Mills was born in Arab, a small Northern Alabama town perched atop Brindlee Mountain. Raised, as his official bio states, “in the Southern vernacular of God, Guns and Football,” he also grew up...Read full article... »

CAL SMITH (1932-2013)

CAL SMITH (1932-2013)

Country singer Cal Smith, whose real name was Calvin Grant Shofner, died on Thursday, Oct. 10 in Branson, Mo. He was 81. Born in Gans, Okla., Shofner migrated with his family and many other Depression-era...Read full article... »

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