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George Hamilton
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Country Artists We’ve Lost in 2014 [Pictures]

This year, country music -- and music in general -- suffered some big losses. Several great artists passed away, but their mark on music will be remembered forever, whether famous for their vocal talents, songwriting skills or playing abilities.

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Reba McEntire
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Reba McEntire’s Dad Dies

Clark McEntire, Reba McEntire's father, has died.

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Songwriter Paul Craft Dead at 76

Recent Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee Paul Craft died on Saturday (Oct. 18) following years of failing health. The famous tunesmith is known for hit songs recorded by Mark Chesnutt, Alison Krauss, the Eagles, Ray Stevens and Linda Ronstadt.

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Pee Wee Johnson, George Jones
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Pee Wee Johnson, George Jones’ Right-Hand Man, Dies

Officially, Bertie "Pee Wee" Johnson was George Jones’ road manager for over a decade, but that hardly describes the two men’s unexpected relationship. Johnson, also known for creating hot chicken in Nashville, died last week at his home in Columbia, Tenn.

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George Hamilton IV
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Opry Star George Hamilton IV Dead at 77

George Hamilton IV, the International Ambassador of Country Music, died on Wednesday (Sept. 17) following a heart attack over the weekend. The 77-year-old will be remembered for his songs, his crossover from pop to country and for inspiring what fans know today as the CMA Music Festival.

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Reba McEntire, Robin Williams
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Reba McEntire Shares Precious Memory of Robin Williams

Shortly after the devastating news of Robin Williams' death broke, fans and celebs alike took to social media to mourn. Reba McEntire shared a fond memory of the late actor, remembering an event she and Williams attended together, at which she was the emcee.

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Robin Williams
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Robin Williams Dead at 63: Country Stars React

Robin Williams has died. The iconic actor and comedian was found in his home in California on Monday (Aug. 11), his cause of death an apparent suicide, as confirmed by the Marin County Sheriff’s department.

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Velma Smith
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Groundbreaking Guitarist Velma Smith Dies

Pioneering guitar player Velma Smith has died. The 87-year-old Musicians Hall of Famer is best known for being one of the first women to work as a session player in Nashville. Hank Snow, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Eddy Arnold were among the legends the Kentucky native recorded with.

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Don Lanier
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Songwriter, Industry Executive Don Lanier Dies

Don Lanier, a hit songwriter who later found hits for Reba McEntireGeorge Strait and more, died last week at the age of 78.

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Legendary Country Singer-Songwriter George Riddle Dies

After a battle with throat cancer, legendary singer and songwriter George Riddle passed away on Saturday (July 19).

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