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"Neither highbrows nor lowbrows nor midbrows, but elastic-brows.” — George Orwell
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So talented, charismatic, and self-destructive!

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He returned Southern Soul to its Country roots.

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He was country when country wasn’t cool.

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A convincingly defeatist song about the end of the world.

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The ghost in Cash’s machine was Sturm und Drang Romanticism.

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Her energy, wit and lithe sexuality made her a star.

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He made us wonder whether we’ll ever figure anything out.

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Toast is not on the menu.

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Without him there would be no Nashville scene.

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The sophist­ication of Jones’s voice has never dimin­ished its authen­ticity.

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The African legacy of the father of country music.

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His nickname — pronounced “Hi-Lo” — honored his vocal range.

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“The greatest song hound of all.”

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Nobody in American music did more with less.

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A scene from TENDER MERCIES (1983)

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He fused old-timey vernacular, post-Dylan poetics, and orchestral pop.

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Forget HEE HAW — he was of the architects of the country sound.

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Ambiguity in a world of song beyond hero and anti-hero.

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Her voice was an unalloyed conduit of broken love.

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He was alt-country before alt-country was cool.

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Loretta Lynn, painting by Laura Levine from her book "Honky-Tonk Heroes and Hillbilly Angels: The Pioneers of Country & Western Music."

She didn’t have to sing about crying into her beer.

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Like Brando and Billie Holiday, an inescapable exemplar.

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A singer of startling dramatic (sometimes melodramatic) empathy…

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Forget the breasts, the wigs, and, recently, the plastic surgery. Consider instead DOLLY PARTON (born 1946), the fourth of twelve children from a farming family in Locust Ridge, Tenn., as she arrives in Nashville, 1964. The reigning queens of country are Loretta Lynn, Norma Jean, and newcomer Connie Smith; great singers all, though only Loretta […]