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George Jones Photo Album – Stars Share Their Favorite Pictures With the Possum

Meeting George Jones was a career highlight for almost every country singer. Even legends like Randy Travis and Reba McEntire treasure the photos they have with the singer. Today, stars have been sharing their favorite moments with Jones, who died at the age of 81 years old this morning. 

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George Jones Dead at 81

Country music has lost one of its all-time-greatest icons, as legendary singer George Jones died Friday (April 26) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. He was hospitalized on April 18 with a fever and irregular blood pressure.

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Canadian Country and Folk Icon Rita MacNeil Dead at 68

The death of Canada's First Lady of Song has shocked her friends, family and loyal fans who watched a shy adult turn into a prolific recording artist that hosted several national television shows. Rita MacNeil died Tuesday (April 16) after a complication from surgery. The Big Pond, N.S. native was a beloved figure in her home country and she's being remembered now as a gracious friend and talented singer-songwriter.

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Robert Zildjian
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Robert Zildjian, Founder of Sabian Cymbals, Dead at 89

Sabian cymbals are as common on stage as Telecaster guitars and Fender amps. The man behind the brand, Robert Zildjian, died on Wednesday (March 27) at the age of 89. He's remembered as a "tireless and dynamic force in the drum industry" who reinvented himself after a family split threatened the legacy of his family's craft.

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Jordanaires Member Gordon Stoker Dead at 88

Gordon Stoker, a longtime member of the Country Music Hall of Fame group the Jordanaires, died on Wednesday (March 27) after long illness. The tenor's influence on country music cannot be measured by chart hits and album sales, but his group's contribution to what became known as the Nashville Sound is as important as any famed producer, songwriter or executive.

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Jack Greene Dead at 83

Country legend Jack Greene has passed away. The 83-year-old entertainer, who was the first CMA Male Vocalist of the Year and earned the nickname "the Jolly Green Giant," died on Thursday (March 14) after a battle with Alzheimer's.

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‘Wolverton Mountain’ Singer Claude King Dead

Claude King had just celebrated his 90th birthday and 67th wedding anniversary to his wife Barbara before he died Thursday morning (March 7) at his home in Shreveport, La. The 'Wolverton Mountain' hitmaker leaves behind a legacy that includes many other Top 10 hits, as well as memories for early fans of the Louisiana Hayride.

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Toby Keith Remembers Bassist Chuck Goff: ‘It Will Never Be the Same When I Look to My Left Onstage’

Superstar Toby Keith lost a close friend and collaborator last week, when his bass player of 25 years, Carl “Chuck” Goff Jr., was killed in a car accident in Oklahoma.

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Stompin’ Tom Connors Dead at Age 77

Canadian country singer and cultural legend Stompin' Tom Connors died on Wednesday (March 6), bringing to an end a four-decade career that was at times controversial, but always faithful to his home country. 'Bud the Spud,' 'Sudbury Saturday Night' and 'The Hockey Song' were among his most well-known songs, with the latter being played in hockey arenas across the NHL.

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Toby Keith’s Longtime Bassist Chuck Goff Killed

Toby Keith's bass player of 25 years has been killed in a two-car collision in Oklahoma. Carl "Chuck" Goff Jr. was Keith's bassist, band leader, friend and the co-writer on two of his best known songs. He died on Wednesday (Feb. 27) at the age of 54.

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