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Country and Western (genre)

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  • Ralph Mooney dies at 82; influential steel guitarist played with Buck Owens, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard

    Ralph Mooney dies at 82; influential steel guitarist played with Buck Owens, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard
    Ralph Mooney, the influential steel guitarist whose crisp, melodically rich and rhythmically buoyant sound bolstered dozens of country music hits by artists including Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Wynn Stewart and Wanda Jackson before he joined Waylon...
  • PASSINGS: Mel McDaniel, Lou Gorman, Harley Allen

    PASSINGS: Mel McDaniel, Lou Gorman, Harley Allen
    Mel McDaniel Country music singer-songwriter Mel McDaniel, 68, a husky-voiced country music singer-songwriter who had a No. 1 hit with "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On," died of lung cancer Thursday at his home in Hendersonville, Tenn., the Grand Ole...
  • PASSINGS: Sid Melton, Leonard Stone, Liz Anderson, Thomas McNeeley Jr., George Rountree

    PASSINGS: Sid Melton, Leonard Stone, Liz Anderson, Thomas McNeeley Jr., George Rountree
    Sid Melton Character actor in dozens of TV, film projects Sid Melton, 94, a character actor perhaps best known for his roles in the hit television shows "Green Acres" and "The Danny Thomas Show," died of pneumonia Wednesday at Providence St. Joseph...
  • Bob Burnett dies at 71; member of folk group the Highwaymen

    Bob Burnett dies at 71; member of folk group the Highwaymen
    The members of the folk group the Highwaymen were freshmen in the same fraternity at Wesleyan University in Connecticut when they came together to perform at a campus party in 1958. By their senior year, the quintet had a No. 1 single with their haunting...
  • Wade Mainer dies at 104; 'grandfather of bluegrass'

    Wade Mainer dies at 104; 'grandfather of bluegrass'
    Born on a mountain farm near Weaverville, N.C., in 1907, Wade Mainer soaked up old songs ringing in the far hills and hollers. As a professional singer and banjo player, he would introduce that music to audiences throughout the nation and also pass it on...
  • Charlie Louvin dies at 83; country singer

    Charlie Louvin dies at 83; country singer
    Charlie Louvin, the country singer whose scintillating harmonizing with his brother Ira created a distinctive template for duet singing that strongly influenced the Everly Brothers, the Beatles, the Byrds and successive generations of singers including...
  • Hank Cochran dies at 74; country music songwriter

    Hank Cochran dies at 74; country music songwriter
    Hank Cochran, the esteemed country music songwriter revered for the poetic economy and power of such enduring hits as Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces" and Eddy Arnold's "Make the World Go Away," died Thursday at his home in Hendersonville, Tenn., after...
  • Ferlin Husky dies at 85; singer helped open doors for California strain of country music

    Ferlin Husky dies at 85; singer helped open doors for California strain of country music
    Ferlin Husky, a pioneering country music entertainer in the 1950s and early 1960s who helped open the door for performers specializing in a distinctively twangy California strain of country, died Thursday. He was 85. Husky, who was inducted into the...
  • Hazel Dickens dies at 75; bluegrass pioneer and social activist

    Hazel Dickens dies at 75; bluegrass pioneer and social activist
    Hazel Dickens, a singer, songwriter and musician from West Virginia who was a pioneering force in bluegrass music and a strong and eloquent voice for coal miners, the poor and women, has died. She was 75. Dickens died April 22 at a Washington, D.C.,...
  • Dave Fisher dies at 69; founding member and lead singer of the 1960s folk group the Highwaymen

    Dave Fisher dies at 69; founding member and lead singer of the 1960s folk group the Highwaymen
    Dave Fisher, founding member and lead singer of the 1960s folk group the Highwaymen, whose recording of the Civil War anti-slavery song "Michael, Row the Boat Ashore" became a surprise pop hit in 1962, has died. He was 69. Fisher died Friday at his...
  • Jimmy Dean dies at 81; country music star and sausage king

    Jimmy Dean dies at 81; country music star and sausage king
    When the Country Music Assn. announced in February that Jimmy Dean would be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year, Dean joked, "I thought I was already in there." "Seriously, it brought a huge grin to my face," he said in a news...