Memoriam

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... »

Henry Strzelecki (1939 – 2014)

Henry Strzelecki (1939 – 2014)

Nashville session giant Henry Strzelecki, 75, died in Nashville Dec. 30 as a result of injuries sustained after being hit by a car eight days before. Born in Birmingham, Ala., Strzelecki laid down deep roots...Read full article... »

Country Stars Bid Farewell to Little Jimmy Dickens

Country Stars Bid Farewell to Little Jimmy Dickens

With a life as long as that enjoyed by Little Jimmy Dickens, it’s inevitably that it would impact countless others, in particular the Grand Ole Opry legend’s fellow performers. In his 66 years as a...Read full article... »

Little Jimmy Dickens (1920 – 2015)

Little Jimmy Dickens (1920 – 2015)

Jimmy Dickens, beloved Grand Ole Opry star and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, died Jan. 2 of cardiac arrest near Nashville, just weeks after celebrating his 94th birthday on the air at...Read full article... »

Larry Henley (1937 – 2014)

Larry Henley (1937 – 2014)

Celebrated for his vast catalog of songs, including the 1984 CMA Song of the Year “Wind Beneath My Wings,” Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Larry Henley died in Nashville on the morning of Dec....Read full article... »

Dawn Sears (1961–2014)

Dawn Sears (1961–2014)

Nashville lost a valued musical asset with the passing of Dawn Sears, who died on Thursday, Dec. 11, after more than a year of battling lung cancer. Born in East Grand Forks, Minnesota, she grew...Read full article... »

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... »

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