Undoubtedly, you could not tell the story of country music in the late 60’s and early 70’s without broaching the political upheaval and countercultural revolution roiling American society at the time. But the time spent on stories that were only proxies to country music bogged this episode down in stretches.
As Christmas festivities come to a close and New Years comes into focus, it’s once again time to reflect back on all of the country music greats we lost in the last year. From huge celebrity stars, to influential songwriters and side musicians who impacted the music out of the spotlight, country music lost many notable names in 2015.
Bill Keith, Billy Joe Royal, Billy Sherrill, Bob Burns, Bobby Emmons, Bonnie Lou, BUddy Emmons, Chuck Pyle, Daron Norwood, David Rodriguez, Don Chapel, Don Pfrimmer, Jim Ed Brown, Joe B. Maudlin, Johnny Gimble, Jon Hensley, Little Jimmy Dickens, Lynn Anderson, Owen Mays, Ramona Jones, Randy Howard, Tom Skinner, Tommy Overstreet
Over the last few days, three major contributors to country music have passed away—performer and television/radio personality Bonnie Lou, songwriter and former husband to Tammy Wynette Don Chapel, and prolific hit songwriter Don Pfrimmer. Let’s take a minute to remember all three.
George Jones. The Possum. Possibly the man whose life and story embody the themes of a country song better than anyone. From rags to riches, back to rags, and eventually onto rehabilitation and redemption, George Jones was a man that faced demons more fierce than any of us can imagine, and eventually came out on top. Was he a badass? You bet, and here’s 10 reasons why.
ACE, Alan Jackson, Bobby Braddock, CMA Awards, Dolly Parton, Don Chapel, Frank Sinatra, Garth Brooks, George Jones, Hank Williams Jr., He Stopped Loving Her Today, Johnny Cash, riding lawnmower, Tammy Wynette, The Association of Country Entertainers, Vince Gill, Waylon Jennings, Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes