Country Music Says Goodbye To Several Stars In 2012

Giants took their final bow this year — Country Music Hall of Fame
members Kitty Wells, Earl Scruggs and Frances Preston and superstars
such as Andy Griffith, Whitney Houston, Levon Helm and that consummate
aggregator of musical talent, Dick Clark.
It was also the year that said adieu to the creators of such classic
songs as “Sea of Heartbreak,” “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden,”
“Statue of a Fool” and “Islands in the Stream.”
Here is a list of the music world’s common losses for 2012:
Willie Ackerman, 73, studio and road drummer and former Hee Haw and Grand Ole Opry band member, Dec. 13, in Nashville.
Rick Blackburn, 70, former head of the country divisions of Columbia/Epic and Atlantic Records, Nov. 30, in Franklin, Tenn.
Larry Butler, 69, songwriter, musician and producer of many of Kenny Rogers’ hits, Jan. 20, in Pensacola, Fla.

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