Memoriam

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... »

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... »

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