Jean Shepard, a mainstay of the Grand Ole Opry whose feisty honky-tonk songs of the 1950s and '60s paved the way for the brash, assertive style of singers like Loretta Lynn, died on Sunday in Gallatin, Tennesee. She was 82. The cause was complications of Parkinson's and heart disease. Shepard, who grew up on the country blues of Jimmie Rodgers and the western swing of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, brought a freewheeling, cheeky style to the eternal themes of heartache, cheating and marital discord, planting the flag for independent women.
Jean Shepard, 82, was a member of the Grand Ole Opry for more than 60 years.
Country singer George Hamilton IV of Grand Ole Opry fame died of a heart attack Wedneday at the age of 77 after a more than 50-year career at the famous Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN, reported The Guardian. Hamilton was one of the...
Jean Shepard, who had a long recording career as an influential female in country music, died Sunday, according to an Opry spokeswoman.
She helped influence other women in country music, including Loretta Lynn.