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COUNTRY SINGER HAS DIED AT 86

Mickey Gilley

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Mickey Leroy Gilley (March 9, 1936 – May 7, 2022)

(CBS) – Country star Mickey Gilley, whose namesake Texas
honky-tonk inspired the 1980 film "Urban Cowboy" and a
nationwide wave of Western-themed nightspots, has died.

Gilley died Saturday in Branson, Missouri, where he helped
run the Mickey Gilley Grand Shanghai Theatre. He had been
performing as recently as last month, but was in failing health
over the past week. His death was announced by Jeff Wagner,
mayor of Pasadena, Texas.

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COUNTRY MUSIC HAS LOST A VOICE AT 75

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Naomi Judd (Diana Ellen Judd)
(January 11, 1946 – April 30, 2022)[


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Naomi Judd, the Kentucky-born singer
of the Grammy-winning duo The Judds and mother of Wynonna
and Ashley Judd, has died. She was 76.

The daughters announced her death on Saturday in a statement
provided to The Associated Press.

“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful
mother to the disease of mental illness," the statement said. "We
are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as
we loved her, she was loved by her public. We are in unknown
territory." The statement did not elaborate further.

In 2021, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame as
a member of The Judds alongside her daughter Wynonna
.

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COUNTRY SINGER BORN ON THIS DAY

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Singer Loretta Lynn greatly expanded the opportunities
for women in the male-dominated world of country-
western music, was born in Butcher Hollow,
Kentucky 
on April 14, 1932. She is 89 years young today.

Unlike some country-western stars that sang about a
rural working class life but lived an urban middle class
existence, Loretta Lynn’s country roots were authentic.

Born Loretta Webb in a log cabin in the backwoods hills
of Kentucky, she was the daughter of a coal miner who
worked long hours to keep his family fed and clothed.

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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Tammy Wynette (Virginia Wynette Pugh)
(May 5, 1942 – April 6, 1998)


Tammy Waynette was one of country music’s best-
known artists and biggest-selling female singers
during the late 1960s and first half of the 1970s.

Wynette charted 20 number-one songs on the
Billboard Country Chart. She is credited with
having defined the role of women in country
music during the 1970s.

Tammy died on April 6, 1998, at the age of 55
while sleeping on her couch in her
Nashville,
Tennessee
, home. Her doctor from said she
died of a
blood clot in her lung.

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COUNTRY MUSIC DEAN HAS DIED AT 88

Ralph Emery — CRS

Ralph Emery, famed country music broadcaster, dies at 88 | The  Spokesman-Review
Walter Ralph Emery (March 10, 1933 – January 15, 2022

Walter was an country music disc jockey and television host
from
Nashville, Tennessee. He gained national fame hosting
the
syndicated television
music series, Pop! Goes the Country, 
from 1974 to 1980 and the nightly Nashville Network
television
program.

Ralph Emery at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee

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In 1966, Tex Ritter (right) joined Ralph Emery as co-host of
the all-night Opry Star Spotlight radio show on Nashville’s
WSM. Ritter would co-host the program for sixteen months.

Memories: The Autobiography of Ralph Emery | Ralph Emery, Tom Carter | 1st  Edition

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