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Bob Beckham
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Bob Beckham Dead: Singer, Publisher and Mentor to Dolly Parton Passes Away at 86

Bob Beckham scored two country hits early in his music career, but soon found his niche on the other side of the radio. The 86-year-old is remembered as a friend and mentor to songwriters like Kris Kristofferson and Dolly Parton. A former U.S. Army paratrooper, Beckham died on Veterans Day (Nov. 11) at a hospital in Hermitage, Tenn.

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Garth Brooks, Betsy Smittle
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Garth Brooks’ Sister, Betsy Smittle, Dies

Garth Brooks' half-sister, Betsy Smittle, has died. The 60-year-old was known as Brooks' bass player for part of his career. She also released one solo album and was a gay rights activist who performed and participated in numerous gay rights events.

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Sherman Halsey, Dwight Yoakam
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Influential Music Video Director Sherman Halsey Dies

Sherman Halsey, a music video director and producer most closely associated with Tim McGraw, has died. The man behind the first country music video to gain airplay on MTV was found deceased in his home on Tuesday (Oct. 29). The 56-year-old's cause of death has not yet been determined, but foul play is not suspected.

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Cal Smith
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‘Country Bumpkin” Singer Cal Smith Dead at 81

Cal Smith, a country hitmaker most well-known for the 1974 ACM and CMA award-winning hit 'Country Bumpkin,'' died on Thursday (Oct. 10) at the age of 81. While that chart-topper is his signature song, it's only one part of a lengthy career that included multiple No. 1s and a run with Ernest Tubb.

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Chris Stapleton
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Chris Stapleton’s Dad Dies

Country newcomer Chris Stapleton has canceled Wednesday night's show in Lincoln, Neb. following the sad passing of his father. The 'What Are You Listening To' singer made the announcement on his Twitter page Monday afternoon (Oct. 7).

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Sammy Kershaw
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Sammy Kershaw’s Younger Brother Dies

Sammy Kershaw is grieving the death of his younger brother today. The singer announced that Minos Joseph Cashat, Jr. passed away on Friday (Sept. 27), also detailing the funeral arrangements for friends and family. 

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Cole Swindell
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Cole Swindell’s Dad Dies

Country newcomer Cole Swindell's father died unexpectedly over Labor Day weekend. The 'Chillin' It' singer shared the news on his Twitter page, including a sweet photo of the two of them from his youth.

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Tompall Glaser
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‘Outlaw’ Tompall Glaser Dead at 79

Singer-songwriter Tompall Glaser helped define the Outlaw movement in country music, but also kept a cult following as a solo artist and found success as a member of a vocal trio. The 'Put Another Log on the Fire (Male Chauvinist National Anthem)' singer died on Tuesday (Aug. 13) at the age of 79.

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Jody Payne Willie Nelson
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Jody Payne, Longtime Willie Nelson Guitarist, Dead at 77

A longtime member of Willie Nelson's band died over the weekend. Jody Payne, Nelson's guitarist until 2008, woke up feeling ill on Saturday (Aug. 10) and died from cardiac problems at 5:12AM.

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Jack Clement
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Cowboy Jack Clement Dead at 82

Cowboy Jack Clement shaped the careers of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, U2 and many, many other superstars across multiple genres during a multi-decade career as a songwriter, record label head and -- most importantly -- producer. The influential "catalyst" died Thursday (Aug. 8) after a long battle with cancer.

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