Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes: In Memoriam 2013

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2013 was a sad year in the world of Country Music. Several legends passed away and they will remain in our hearts forever.

The year began with the passing of Patti Page on New Year’s Day. While she is more known as a Pop singer, many of her songs crossed over, including her signature song “The Tennessee Waltz”


Mindy McCready left us way too soon on February 17th. She committed suicide at age 37.

1960′s Country star, Claude King was found dead at his home on March 7th. Claude had just recently turned 90. Claude was most famous for his song “Wolverton Mountain.”


A week later, “The Jolly Green Giant” Jack Greene passed away after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83 year’s old. Jack was a member of the Grand Ole Opry and is famous for his string of nine #1 hits in the 1960′s and 1970′s including “There Goes My Everything.”

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Larry Marano/Getty Images

Music City and the entire entertainment world stopped to mourn the passing of the legendary George Jones on April 26th following a long battle with health issues. Tributes poured in from fans and luminaries throughout the world. Nashville was jammed was stars to pay tribute at his public funeral a few days later at the Grand Ole Opry. The event was shown on multiple TV channels and Jones received praise from his musical peers and was eulogized by former First Lady, Laura Bush and former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee. Jones was in the middle of his final tour and was scheduled to end his career with an all-star Concert in Nashville in November. The “No Show” went on as over 100 acts from multiple genres paid tribute to the legendary icon in front of a sell-out crowd.

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On June 19th the unique yodeling voice of Slim Whitman was silenced forever. He passed away due to heart failure at the age of 89. Younger fans may recognize him because a recording of his signature hit “Indian Love Call” was used to kill Martians in the sci-fi spoof Mars Attacks!


Legendary producer and songwriter “Cowboy” jack Clement passed away on August 8th, following a long battle with cancer. He was 82. Clement died just two months away from his enshrinement in the Country Music Hall of Fame.


One of the original Outlaws, Tompall Glaser passed away a few days later, on August 13th. He was friends with and worked with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and many others. Tompall was 79 years old.


On October 10th, we said “So Long” to the “Country Bumpkin” Cal Smith. Smith was found dead at his home near Branson, MO. Cal was 81.

Photo: Shauna Bittle/The Tennessean

Photo: Shauna Bittle/The Tennessean

Following a courageous fight with cancer, Hall of Famer Ray Price passed away on December 16th. His passing was prematurely reported the day before. Price passed away with his family at his side at his home in Texas. We’ll remember him “For The Good Times”

All of these legends will be missed. However their music lives on and will live on forever. God bless ‘em all.

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