Country Stars We Lost in 2015

Country Stars We Lost in 2015

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December 31, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn (RFDTV) - Looking back on 2015, the country music family lost several iconic and influential members.  From bluegrass to producers who helped craft classic songs, the lights of Music City dimmed with their passing.  Read below to remember their legacy and contributions to country music.

Little Jimmy Dickens (December 19, 1920 – January 2, 2015)

While short in stature, Dickens was a huge presence on The Grand Ole Opry.  Known for his corny jokes, sweet demeanor and sparkling suits, Dickens celebrated his 94th birthday on the Opry stage, but died of cardiac arrest just two weeks later.  In his 80's, he enjoyed a new wave a popularity with younger country audiences through his friendship with country superstar Brad Paisley.  

Jim Ed Brown (April 1, 1934 – June 11, 2015) 

Originally part of the Browns (a trio with his sisters Bonnie and Maxine) Jim Ed Brown went on to a successful solo career which included the hit "Pop a Top." Brown stepped away from solo recording for 40 years, but released In Style Again in 2014.  He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015 and one week later at the age of 81.

Lynn Anderson (September 26, 1947 – July 30, 2015)

Best known for her smash hit "Rose Garden," Anderson was a cross-over success who had recently returned to music.  In 2004. she was nominated for a Grammy for The Bluegrass Sessions and released a gospel album in 2015.  Anderson was also a successful horsewoman with an equestrian career that included numerous national and world championships. She died of a heart attack at the age of 67.

Buddy Emmons (January 27, 1937 – July 21, 2015)

Emmons was a pedal steel player that recorded with some of the biggest stars in the world.  His recordings include tracks for Roger Miller, Ray Price and Ernest Tubb -- as well as Bob Dylan and Gram Parsons.  Later in his career, he recorded with country icons George Strait and Trisha Yearwood. Emmons died at the age of 78.

 Billy Sherrill (November 5, 1936 – August 4, 2015)

A producer known for the "Countrypolitan sound," Sherrill was at the helm for some of the eras biggest hits.  Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010, Sherrill died at the age of 78.  His career highlights include producing George Jones' hits "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and "The Grand Tour."  Sherrill also co-wrote and produced Tammy Wynette's classic "Stand By Your Man."  

Ramona Jones (January 28, 1924 - November 17, 2015)

A talented fiddler, Jones was performing and touring for years before she married and joined her husband Louis Marshall "Grandpa" Jones.  As the wife of "Grandpa" Jones she appeared numerous times on the popular television show "Hee Haw" and on The Grand Ole Opry.  She died in Goodlettsville, TN  at the age of 91.

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