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George Strait Mourns the Passing of Songwriter and Friend Kent Finlay

George Strait is mourning the loss of one of his close friends. Kent Finlay, a Texas-based songwriter and club owner who helped Strait land his first gig, passed away on Monday (March 2), at his home in Martindale, Texas. He was 77 years old.

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Longtime Grand Ole Opry Guitarist Spider Wilson Dies

James Edward “Spider” Wilson, a longtime staff guitarist at the Grand Ole Opry, died on Thursday (Feb. 26) in Nashville, due to complications from cancer. He was 79.

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Bobby Emmons
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Songwriter, Musician Bobby Emmons Dies

Bobby Emmons, a musician, songwriter and member of Memphis studio band the Memphis Boys, has died. He was 72 years old.

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Alan Mayor
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Country Music Photographer Alan Mayor Dies

Country music photographer Alan Mayor has died.

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Julia Mainer
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Julia Mainer Dead at 95

Julia Mainer, wife and musical partner of late bluegrass musician Wade Mainer, passed away on Jan. 21 at the age of 95.

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Tom T Hall Dixie Hall
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Bluegrass Songwriter Dixie Hall Dead at 80

Dixie Hall, bluegrass and country music songwriter and wife of Country Music Hall of Fame member Tom T. Hall, passed away on Jan. 16.

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AJ Masters
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Singer-Songwriter A.J. Masters Dies

The Nashville community is mourning the loss of singer-songwriter A.J. Masters.

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Joe Guercio
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Joe Guercio, Elvis Presley’s Orchestra Leader, Dead at 87

Joe Guercio, the musical director and conductor of Elvis Presley’s band from 1970 until the legend's death in 1977, died Jan. 4 at the age of 87.

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Songwriter, Producer Ed Penney Dies

Country music songwriter and producer Ed Penney has died. Penney passed away on Dec. 29, at the age of 89.

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Little Jimmy Dickens
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Little Jimmy Dickens Dead at 94

Grand Ole Opry star and Country Music Hall of Famer Little Jimmy Dickens has died at the age of 94.

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