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Songwriter Jesse Winchester Dead at 69

Songwriter Jesse Winchester, who had a number of songs recorded by country stars like ACM Entertainer of the Year George Strait and the Everly Brothers, died on Friday.

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George Shuffler
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Bluegrass Giant George Shuffler Dead at 88

Bluegrass pioneer George Shuffler died at the age of 88 on Monday (April 7).

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Arthur Smith
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‘Dueling Banjos’ Songwriter Arthur ‘Guitar Boogie’ Smith Dies

'Dueling Banjos' songwriter, Arthur 'Guitar Boogie' Smith has passed away just two days after his 93rd birthday.

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Comedian, Country Singer Tim Wilson Dead

Comedian Tim Wilson died of an apparent heart attack on Wednesday (Feb. 26). The 52-year-old was known nationwide, but especially among country crowds who appreciated the comedy of Larry the Cable Guy, Ron White and Jeff Foxworthy.

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Kix Brooks’ Sister Dies

Kix Brooks and his family are grieving this week. The singer shared that his older sister Midge has died, and he’ll be taking time to say his final goodbyes in her home state of Maine.

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Shirley Temple
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Shirley Temple Dead: Taylor Swift Remembers ‘Extraordinary’ Woman

Shirley Temple passed away Monday (Feb. 10) at the age of 85.

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Trace Adkins’ Dad Dies

Trace Adkins' father has died. Aaron Doyle Adkins, a former mill worker, is remembered as a quiet and hardworking man who bestowed his love of country music on his oldest son. He died on Saturday (Feb. 1) at the age of 71. 

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Pete Seeger
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Folk Legend Pete Seeger Dead at 94

Pete Seeger says he lost his heart to the banjo when he was just a teenager. It happened at a mountain dance festival in North Carolina. It was the mid '30s, and he was with his father. “There was a kind of honesty in country music that I didn't find in pop music,” he would say later. The moment inspired Seeger, who died on Monday (Jan. 27) at the age of 94, to become one of the most influential voices of the century.

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Songwriter Steve Fromholz Killed in Freak Hunting Accident

Steve Fromholz -- a singer-songwriter who penned songs recorded by Willie Nelson, John Denver, Lyle Lovett and others -- was killed in a freak hunting accident over the weekend. He was an admired Texas artist, named the official poet laureate of the Lone Star State back in 2007.

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Ronnie Gant, Publisher Responsible for ‘Elvira’ + More, Dead at 69

Ronnie Gant is another man who quietly helped shape the careers of many famous country stars while receiving little public attention. The Oak Ridge Boys and Garth Brooks are two acts that owe him a tip of the hat this week. Gant died on Saturday (Jan. 4) in Nashville.

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