Remembering the long-lasting nation artists we misplaced within the 2010s

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Remembering the iconic country artists we lost in the 2010s


The 2010s are quickly coming to a detailed, and over the previous decade, there’s been an entire lot of change. That is very true on the planet of nation music, which has grown dramatically over the past 10 years, reaching extra followers than ever earlier than. 

As we stay up for the long run, it is also vital to take a step again and keep in mind those that paved the way in which for nation music’s present (and future) success. Flip by the gallery beneath for a glance again at 30 of essentially the most iconic nation artists we misplaced throughout the 2010s and a fast reminder of their immense contributions to the style. 

 

Hank Cochran

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Born in 1935, iconic nation singer-songwriter Hank Cochran died on July 15, 2010, after a prolonged battle with most cancers. In his prime, although, Cochran was a well-liked Nashville songwriter who wrote or co-wrote hits like Patsy Cline’s “She’s Obtained You” and “Make The World Go Away” by Ray Value. 

 

Jimmy Dean

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Though he’s in all probability greatest identified at this time for his beloved breakfast sausage model, Jimmy Dean can be credited with one of many first crossover hits for his 1961 music “Huge Unhealthy John” and is credited with giving Muppets puppeteer Jim Henson his first nationwide tv look, on “The Jimmy Dean Present” within the 1960s. Dean died instantly in 2010 and was immortalized perpetually with the epitaph “Right here Lies One Hell of a Man.” 

 

Kitty Wells

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In 2012 the world misplaced its foremost honky-tonk angel in Kitty Wells, greatest identified for her 1952 recording of “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky-Tonk Angels.” A trailblazer for ladies in nation music, Wells notched greater than two dozen hits on each the pop and nation music charts, all whereas appearing on tv, recording profitable duets with Pink Foley and elevating her household. 

 

Earl Scruggs

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Immortalized perpetually by the signature “Scruggs fashion” banjo-picking that he helped pioneer, Earl Scruggs’ affect on nation and bluegrass music is immeasurable. He’s accountable for bringing bluegrass into the mainstream with “The Ballad of Jed Clampett,” written for The Beverly Hillbillies tv collection within the 1960s, and fiercely preserving the traditions of the style. 

 

Levon Helm

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Levon Helm, greatest identified for his work with The Band, is accountable for a few of Americana’s most iconic recordings, together with “The Evening They Drove Outdated Dixie Down” and “The Weight.” He died in April 2012 after an extended battle with throat most cancers, and his life was celebrated at a public wake at his Helm’s Barn studios in upstate New York, which attracted greater than 2,00Zero followers wishing to pay their respects. 

 

Mel McDaniel

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Within the early 1980s, the world was launched to the upbeat songwriting of Mel McDaniel by way of the ridiculously catchy basic “Louisiana Saturday Evening” and “Child’s Obtained Her Blue Denims On.” An Oklahoma native, McDaniel’s music was steeped within the iconic Tulsa sound and received him his begin taking part in music within the metropolis. He died in March 2011 after being identified with lung most cancers on the age of 68. 

 

Ferlin Husky

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Blessed with an angelic voice, Ferlin Husky’s model of Bob Ferguson’s “Wings of a Dove” has endured as an inspirational basic all through the many years. He additionally acted in 18 Hollywood movies, recorded dozens of chart-topping hits and carried out numerous exhibits throughout his seven-decade profession earlier than dying of congestive coronary heart failure in 2011. 

 

Hazel Dickens

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Her distinctive voice and sharp songwriting made Hazel Dickens extremely influential in folks and Americana music, however her labor activism within the state of Kentucky made her a working class hero. Recording alongside Alice Gerrard, Dickens was additionally a trailblazer for ladies within the business as one of many few feminine bandleaders within the 1960s. She continued to document music in assist of the labor motion till her demise in 2011 of pneumonia. 

 

George Jones

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The world of nation music was utterly devastated in 2013 with the lack of “The Possum,” who died just some months earlier than he was scheduled to carry out his closing live performance ever. Regardless of a tumultuous profession that earned him the nickname “No-Present Jones” and an intensive battle with alcoholism, George Jones’ {smooth}, wealthy voice, his work with spouse and artistic companion Tammy Wynette and unbelievable stage presence made him an icon. 

 

Ray Price

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Inarguably one of many most interesting voices in all of nation music historical past, Ray Value’s “Loopy Arms” and “Launch Me” made him an inspiration for at this time’s wildly proficient baritones. A local Texan, Value stayed out on the street till he was sidelined by pancreatic most cancers, which ultimately claimed his life in December 2013. 

 

Tompall Glaser

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Because the proprietor of “Hillbilly Central,” the Nashville recording studio that was dwelling to many of the outlaw artists within the 1960s, Thomas Paul “Tompall” Glaser influenced icons like Willie Nelson, Jessi Colter and Waylon Jennings, all of whom he appeared with on the legendary Wished!, The Outlaws collaboration that produced legendary tunes like “My Heroes Have At all times Been Cowboys” and “Good Hearted Girl.” 

 

Mindy McCready

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After scoring hits within the ‘90s with enjoyable, upbeat hits like “Guys Do It All The Time,” Mindy McCready’s life had a very tragic finish. After an extended battle with habit, public scandals and authorized troubles, the singer died by suicide on the age of 37 in February 2013. 

 

Pete Seeger

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Leftism and nation music don’t regularly overlap, however folks legend Pete Seeger made it occur. Identified for recording iconic protest songs like “If I had A Hammer” and “The place Have All of the Flowers Gone,” Seeger was a passionate advocate for social justice and the atmosphere, all whereas plucking the hell out of the banjo. Seeger died in Janaury 2014 on the age of 94. 

 

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Little Jimmy Dickens

Little Jimmy Dickens

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Should you’ve ever been to the Grand Ole Opry, you’ve in all probability seen Little Jimmy Dickens. Although brief in stature — 4-foot-11 — it earned him the “Little” moniker. Dickens had an unparalleled stage presence that charmed audiences in Nashville and past for many years. He died in January 2015, just some days after turning 94 years outdated. 

 

Lynn Anderson

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Rising to fame within the 1960s, Lynn Anderson actually turned identified to music followers throughout the globe in 1970 with the discharge of her pulls-no-punches hit, “Rose Backyard,” which was wildly profitable on each the pop and nation charts. Anderson was additionally an extremely completed equestrian with eight world championships underneath her belt earlier than her demise after a coronary heart assault in 2015. She was 67 years outdated. 

 

Sonny James

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Charting actually dozens of top-10 data and recording the long-lasting “Younger Love” in 1957, Sonny James drew the blueprint for the nation crooner over his multi-decade profession. He was additionally, alongside Bobbie Gentry, the primary host in CMA Awards historical past in 1967. James died of unspecified pure causes in 2016 on the age of 87 in Tennessee. 

 

Joey Feek

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One half of the duo Joey + Rory, singer-songwriter Joey Feek’s battle with cervical most cancers captivated the hearts of nation followers. Feek’s most cancers was aggressive and inoperable, however that didn’t cease her and husband Rory Feek from documenting their journey on their weblog and social media, providing inspiration to folks in all places coping with most cancers. Feek died in March 2016 on the age of 40 after coming into hospice care a number of months earlier. 

 

Phil Everly

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Alongside his brother Don Everly, Phil Everly introduced nation affect to rock music as one half of the Everly Brothers, identified for hits like “Bye Bye Love” and “Wake Up Little Susie.” Everly died in 2014, following an intensive pulmonary sickness. 

 

Merle Haggard

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The surprising lack of Merle Haggard in April 2016 — on his 79th birthday, no much less — got here as an excessive shock to basic nation followers. A pioneer of Bakersfield sound and outlaw nation, Haggard is accountable for inspiring generations of up-and-coming nation artists. His legacy lives on in son Ben Haggard, who’s a proficient musician in his personal proper. 

 

Glenn Frey

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The lack of Eagles frontman Glenn Frey, whose signature country-rock vocals helped propel the band to international superstardom, in 2016 after a prolonged sickness was onerous on the hearts of nation music followers. 

 

Guy Clark

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Incessantly described as nation music’s poet laureate, Man Clark wrote hits for Bobby Naked, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Steve Earl, Rodney Crowell and extra legends earlier than he died in 2016 after preventing lymphoma. He additionally had a critically acclaimed solo profession and launched upward of 20 albums, profitable the Grammy Award for Greatest Up to date People/Americana Album in 2014 for his album “Workbench Songs.”

 

Ralph Stanley

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A bluegrass pioneer who’s broadly considered one of many most interesting musicians of all time, Ralph Stanley died on the age of 89 in June 2016 from pores and skin most cancers. Earlier than that, although, he was a wildly proficient banjo picker, actually distinctive singer and an envoy for the style for individuals who didn’t even suppose they preferred bluegrass. People who aren’t followers of the style will probably acknowledge Stanley from his recording of “O Demise” for the Coen Brothers movie “O Brother The place Artwork Thou?.”

 

Troy Gentry

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In 2016, after forming one in all nation music’s hottest duos of all time in Montgomery Gentry, singer Troy Gentry was killed in a helicopter crash hours earlier than the band was scheduled to carry out in New Jersey. His bandmate, Eddie Montgomery, continues Gentry’s legacy by persevering with to tour underneath the Montgomery Gentry moniker. 

 

Glen Campbell

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Some of the recognizable faces in nation music historical past, Glen Campbell can be one of many style’s most prolific artists, releasing greater than 70 albums over his 50-plus-year profession and producing legendary hits like “Wichita Lineman” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.” Regardless of being identified with Alzheimer’s illness in 2010, Campbell continued to document music and documented his sickness in a critically acclaimed documentary earlier than his demise in 2017 on the age of 81. 

 

Mel Tillis

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As a solo artist beginning within the 1950s, smooth-voiced singer Mel Tillis additionally wrote hits for Ray Value, Brenda Lee and Waylon Jennings, amongst different nation legends earlier than his demise in 2017. He’s additionally the daddy of ‘90s nation favourite Pam Tillis, who inducted her father into the Grand Ole Opry in 2007. 

 

Don Williams

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Even when he had solely ever recorded “Tulsa Time,” the “Mild Large” of nation music would have made his mark proper then in 1978. Luckily, although, followers have been capable of take pleasure in greater than two dozen albums and 17 No. 1 hits from Don Williams, together with “It Should Be Love” and “I’m Only a Nation Boy,” earlier than his demise in 2017 from emphysema. 

 

Lari White

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After rising to fame within the late ‘80s following an look on a singing competitors present, Lari White charted three top-10 singles within the ‘90s and operated her personal document label. Tragically she was identified with peritoneal most cancers in 2017 and succumbed to the illness in January 2018 on the age of 52. 

 

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Daryle Singletary

Daryle Singletary

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A Georgian who had a comparatively truncated nation music profession with hits like “I Let Her Lie” and “Too A lot Enjoyable,” Daryle Singletary’s distinctive voice earned him legions of followers who stored shopping for his data effectively after he fell out of the mainstream. Singletary’s demise in 2018 from a blood clot was a real shock, and his label launched a music known as “She’s Been Cheatin’ On Us” just some months after his demise. 

 

Roy Clark

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Most followers know Roy Clark from his time on selection present “Hee Haw” within the 1970s, however his expertise as a guitarist, banjo picker, fiddle participant and vocalist are actually underrated. Clark died in November 2018 on the age of 83 after falling unwell with pneumonia. 

 

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Kylie Rae Harris

Kylie Rae Harris

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A star on the rise with an unbelievable expertise, Kylie Rae Harris’ life was tragically minimize brief in September 2019 when she misplaced management of her car and was concerned in a head-on collision on the highways of New Mexico. 

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