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  • Sep 8, 1998
    Songwriter Dick Heard dies of cancer in Little Rock, Arkansas. He co-wrote Elvis Presley's "Kentucky Rain" and Mel Street's "Smokey Mountain Memories," and worked at GRT Records, which released records by Alabama and Ronnie McDowell
    Jan 9, 1999
    Chic Doherty, a longtime MCA executive, dies in Nashville. He worked with the likes of George Strait, Reba McEntire, Barbara Mandrell and The Oak Ridge Boys
    Feb 14, 1999
    Nightclub owner Doug Weston dies of pneumonia in Los Angeles. He ran The Troubadour, an L.A. venue that provided important exposure to Kris Kristofferson and served as a developmental setting for Linda Ronstadt and The Eagles
    Aug 5, 1999
    TV producer Gene Weed dies of lung cancer in Los Angeles. He was a longtime producer of the Academy of Country Music awards and produced the NBC-TV show "Hot Country Nights"
    Nov 9, 1999
    Record executive Herb Abramson dies in Henderson, Nevada. He co-founded Atlantic Records, whose country roster at the time boasts Tracy Lawrence, John Michael Montgomery and Confederate Railroad
    Feb 24, 2000
    Lynn Shults, a former Capitol executive instrumental in the signing of Garth Brooks, dies in Nashville. He also worked for United Artists, Atlantic and Billboard magazine
    Mar 24, 2000
    Steel guitarist and executive Joe Talbot dies in Nashville of lung cancer. A publisher and owner of a record pressing plant, he performed with Hank Snow from 1950-1954, appearing on "(Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I" and "I'm Moving On"
    Apr 16, 2000
    Recording engineer Aaron Shelton, a pioneer in the Nashville studio industry, dies at age 89. In 1946, he co-founded the Castle Recording Studio, the home of legendary sessions by Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb, Carl Smith and Red Foley, among others
    Apr 17, 2000
    Pioneering country executive Murray Nash dies in Ocala, Florida, of lung cancer. He played a role in the careers of Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Carlisle and Pee Wee King while working for Mercury Records and Acuff-Rose Music
    Jun 30, 2001
    Chet Atkins dies at home after a long bout with cancer. An influential guitarist and producer who helped create "The Nashville Sound," he entered the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973 and earned a Lifetime Achievement award from the Grammys




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