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October 29, 2007

Porter Wagoner

Porter Wagoner has just died.  A good innings, getting to 80 before he went:

U.S. country singer Porter Wagoner, lanky Grand Ole Opry star whose flashy Nudie rhinestone suits dazzled fans when he sang with rising new performer Dolly Parton in the 60s, died on Sunday from lung cancer, said his publicity agent, Darlene Bieber. He was 80.

Bieber said the singer died in an Alive Hospice facility in Nashville. He had been hospitalized for several days.

Wagoner, an Opry star since 1957 and a Grammy winner, was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and won three Country Music Association awards for songs with Parton in the Vocal Duo and Vocal Group categories.

The two recorded 14 Top 10 hits including "Last Thing on My Mind" and "Please Don't Stop Loving Me."

Wagoner's solo hits included "Company's Comin" and the "Green Green Grass of Home" as well as "Carroll County Accident."

That Wagoner was ill was well known:

Porter Wagoner, an enduring country music star of Grand Ole Opry fame, has been hospitalized for an ‘undisclosed ailment’ and is in serious condition. After checking in earlier this week for observation, his condition has worsened.

The 80 year old Wagoner’s publicist has refused to give details. In July 2006, the country music star was hospitalized for two weeks after suffering a stomach aneurism, but it has not been confirmed if it relates to Porter’s predicament.

And for those who haven't seen it before, here's Porter Wagoner with Dolly Parton from his TV show, The Porter Wagoner Hour.

 

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