What Country Music Singer Died Recently in 2021?

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This is a list of notable country music singer who died recently in 2021.

George Jones

George Jones, the legendary country singer, died recently at the age of 81. He was best known for his hit songs “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and “The Grand Tour”, and his unique voice and style influenced generations of country artists. He will be missed by fans all over the world.

Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard, a singer and songwriter who rose from poverty and prison to international fame as a pioneer of country music’s “outlaw” movement, died on Wednesday at his home in Northern California. He was 79.

His death was confirmed by his manager, Frank Mull, who said he died of complications from pneumonia.

Mr. Haggard’s singing — gruff yet finely etched, with a hint of sly humor — and his crafty songwriting brought him commercial success and artistic prestige unmatched by virtually any other country performer of his era. He had 38 No. 1 country hits, including “Okie From Muskogee” and “The Fightin’ Side of Me,” and he helped create the template for what came to be known as the Bakersfield sound, a stripped-down alternative to the highly produced Nashville sound that had dominated country music in the 1950s and ’60s.

Troy Gentry

Troy Gentry, one half of the country music duo Montgomery Gentry, died on September 8, 2017 in a helicopter crash in Medford, New Jersey. He was 50 years old.

Don Williams

Don Williams, the country music singer and songwriter known for his gentle, easygoing sound, died on Friday at the age of 78.

Williams, who was born in Floydada, Texas, and grew up in Portland, Ore., rose to fame in the 1970s with a string of hits including “I Wouldn’t Want to Live If You Didn’t Love Me,” “It Must Be Love,” and “Tulsa Time.” He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

Williams had been suffering from health problems in recent years, and announced his retirement from touring in 2016.

news of Williams’ death was met with sadness by country music stars including Dolly Parton and Brad Paisley.

Joey Feek

Joey Feek, half of the country music duo Joey + Rory, died on March 4, 2016, after a long battle with cancer. She was 40 years old. Joey’s death was announced on the couple’s website by her husband and musical partner, Rory Feek. “My wife’s greatest dream came true today,” Rory wrote. “She is in Heaven.”

Joey + Rory were best known for their song “Husbands and Wives,” which they performed on the television show Nashville in 2014. The couple was also nominated for a Grammy Award in 2010 for their album The Life of a Song.

Joey is survived by her husband and their 2-year-old daughter, Indiana.

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