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He Had a Huge Country Career, and So Did His Bar

Mickey Gilley, whose club inspired the John Travolta movie 'Urban Cowboy,' is dead at 86

(Newser) - 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 at 86. Gilley died Saturday in Branson, Missouri, where he helped run the Mickey Gilley Grand Shanghai Theatre, per the AP . He had been performing as recently...

Hall of Fame Ceremony Is Emotional After Judd's Death

Naomi Judd's daughters Wynonna and Ashley accept her induction

(Newser) - Ray Charles and the Judds joined the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday in a ceremony filled with tears, music, and laughter, just a day after Naomi Judd died unexpectedly . The loss of Judd altered the normally celebratory ceremony, but the music played on, as the genre's singers...

Naomi Judd's Family Asks That Induction Ceremony Go On

Ray Charles, a pair of innovative musicians also will be honored by Country Music Hall of Fame

(Newser) - The Judds will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, a day after the death of co-founder Naomi Judd . Her family asked that the hall go ahead with the previously planned ceremony, CNN reports. "We will do so, with heavy hearts," CEO Kyle Young...

After Eric Church's 'Selfish' Move, a Concession

Country star canceled Saturday night concert so he could watch UNC play Duke

(Newser) - Update: Country superstar Eric Church got his wish. His beloved Tar Heels beat the Blue Devils on Saturday night, and he got to watch them do so, having cancelled a San Antonio, Texas, concert in order to attend the Final Four game. The New York Post reports he is attempting...

Singer Retired to Join Police
Singer Retired to Join Police

Singer Retired to Join Police

Jeff Carson's hits include 'Not On Your Love' and 'The Car'

(Newser) - Country music singer and songwriter Jeff Carson, who had a No. 1 hit with "Not On Your Love" before becoming a police officer, has died. He was 58 and died of a heart attack at a hospital in Franklin, Tenn., his publicist said. Carson was born Jeffrey Lee Herndon...

Alan Jackson: Here's Why I Stumble Onstage

Country music star reveals he has a degenerative nerve disease

(Newser) - Alan Jackson has known for a decade that he has a degenerative nerve disease. Now that its effects are becoming more obvious, he decided to tell his fans, USA Today reports. "I know I'm stumbling around onstage and now I'm having a little trouble balancing even in...

Reba: Actually, I Didn't Have COVID
Reba Offers

Reba Offers Unusual COVID Update

Country star clarifies that she never had the virus after all

(Newser) - Reba McEntire gave her fans a surprise COVID update on Monday—turns out, she didn't have the virus after all. The 66-year-old, who announced earlier this month that she and her boyfriend had contracted COVID despite being vaccinated, apparently received a false positive on a test, reports Page Six...

Country Music Hall of Famer Tom T. Hall, 85, Dies
Country Music Hall of Famer
Tom T. Hall, 85, Dies

Country Music Hall of Famer Tom T. Hall, 85, Dies

The songwriter behind Harper Valley P.T.A. had a string of hits

(Newser) - Country music legend Tom T. Hall has died. He was 85. Hall, a fixture in Nashville since the ‘60s and a Grand Ole Opry cast member since 1971, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008. Hall, who was born Thomas Hall and added the T...

Country Music Hall of Fame to Induct an R&B Legend

Ray Charles helped redefine country music in the Civil Rights era

(Newser) - R&B legend Ray Charles, who helped redefine country music in the Civil Rights era, and Grammy-winning duo The Judds will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame on Monday announced its new members, who will be formally inducted in a ceremony in 2022,...

Singer to Pay for Funerals of 3 Young Country Fans

Luke Combs makes the gesture after carbon monoxide is blamed in deaths of 3 men

(Newser) - Country star Luke Combs, one of the headliners of the Faster Horses Festival, is paying for three fans’ funerals. Three men were found dead in a camping trailer at the Michigan country music festival last weekend, and two more were found in the trailer alive but suffering from carbon monoxide...

Morgan Wallen to His Fans: Don't Try to Defend Me

Country star issued video apology for use of slur

(Newser) - In a video apology posted on Instagram on Wednesday night, country star Morgan Wallen asked fans not to downplay the racist language he was caught using on camera and said that he accepted the punishments he faced. In the five-minute video, Wallen said he had let so many people down,...

Morgan Wallen’s Sales Skyrocket After Racial Slur

While the industry sanctions singer, fans download his music

(Newser) - After Morgan Wallen was caught on video using a racial slur, the country music star's professional world seemed to come crashing down. Radio stations quit playing his music , his recording contract was suspended, and the Academy of Country Music announced he won't be part of this year's...

One More Blow for Morgan Wallen After Slur

He'll miss out on the 2021 ACM Awards

(Newser) - Days ago, country star Morgan Wallen was on course for some big wins at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards. Now, after being caught on camera using a racial slur , he's not even eligible. The academy said Wednesday that Wallen—whose album Dangerous has been the Billboard...

The Blows Are Coming Fast for Morgan Wallen After Racial Slur

Morgan Wallen recorded using racial slur over the weekend

(Newser) - Hundreds of radio stations have dropped one of country music's biggest stars after he was recorded using a racial slur over the weekend, and now his label has suspended him. TMZ has the video, filmed by one of Morgan Wallen's Nashville neighbors, in which the singer arrives home...

Country Singer Kris Kristofferson Hangs Up Guitar for Good

Country Hall of Famer, Golden Globe-winning actor, 84, has officially retired

(Newser) - Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson has announced his retirement after five decades and named a manager for his estate. A press release said the 84-year-old actor and singer actually retired last year, and that his son, John, stepped in to oversee his father's business, including special projects and his record...

Singer Was 45 When She Hit With '80's Ladies'
KT Oslin
Wasn't Wild

KT Oslin Wasn't Wild About Country

Singer was 45 when she launched her career with '80's Ladies'

(Newser) - Country singer KT Oslin, who hit it big with the nostalgic ballad "80's Ladies" and won three Grammy awards, has died. She was 78. Oslin's friend Robert K. Oermann said she died Monday in suburban Nashville, the AP reports. The cause of death was not released. Oermann...

Country's First Black Superstar Dead at 86
Country's First
Black Superstar

COVID Kills Country's First Black Superstar

Charley Pride was 86

(Newser) - Charley Pride, country music’s first Black star whose rich baritone on such hits as “Kiss an Angel Good Morning” helped sell millions of records and made him the first Black member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, has died. He was 86, the AP reports. Pride died...

Once a Carpenter, He Became a Country Music Star
Country Music
Legend With
Dementia Dies

Country Music Legend With Dementia Dies

Hal Ketchum, known for hit 'Small Town Saturday Night,' has died at the age of 67

(Newser) - A country music legend is gone. "With great sadness and grief we announce that Hal passed away peacefully last night at home due to complications of Dementia," Andrea Ketchum, wife of Hal Ketchum, posted on Facebook and his website Tuesday, per CNN . The 67-year-old, who put out his...

Songwriter Behind 'Mr. Bojangles' Has Died

Jerry Jeff Walker was 78

(Newser) - Jerry Jeff Walker, a Texas country singer and songwriter who wrote the pop song "Mr. Bojangles," has died at age 78. Walker died Friday of cancer, family spokesman John T. Davis told the AP . "He had battled throat cancer for many years, and some other health issues,...

Country Music Star Charlie Daniels Is Dead

'Devil Went Down to Georgia' was his big hit

(Newser) - Sad news in the world of music: Charlie Daniels has died at age 83 of a stroke, reports the Tennessean . Daniels, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, is best known for his smash hit of 1979, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." But well before...

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