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Hillbilly-Music.com Announces Top Pages Visited in 2013

Hillbilly-Music.com - Top Pages Viewed Summary - 2010, 2011, 2012

Hillbilly-Music.com Ends 2012 Reaching 25,000,000 Web Page Views Milestone

Hillbilly-Music.com Record Breaking 2008 - 7,000,000 Web Page Views; Affiliation with Ernest Tubb Record Shop

Hillbilly-Music.com Announces Results of Fan Voting for 2008 Country Music Hall of Fame

Hillbilly-Music.com Announces Top Pages Visited By Fans for 2008

Hillbilly-Music.com Reaches Another Milestone - 5,000,000 Web Page Views; Issues The Lists for 2007

Hillbilly-Music.com Reaches 3,000,000 Web Page Milestone; The Lists for 2006

Hillbilly-Music.com Web Site Reaches 2,000,000 Page Views

Hillbilly-Music.com Salutes the Fans for Milestones Reached in 2005; Top Pages Visited in 2005

Hillbilly Music Fans Make Their Voices Known for Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees

Hillbilly-Music.com In the Spotlight in Country Music Magazine's 30th Anniversary Issue

Hillbilly-Music.com Attends Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree

Hillbilly-Music.com Attends the Grand Ole Opry

Press Releases
The legendary K.C. (Don Juan) Maddox to Receive Lifetime Music Award in Modesto, California

The Museum of Broadcast Communication in Chicago Hosts 89th Anniversary of the WLS National Barn Dance, The Birth Place of American Country Music

Georgia Old-Time Fiddlers Conventions: A Centennial Celebration

Rare Recordings By One Of Rock's Earliest Influences Available in New Hank Williams Box Set

Nashville's Whisperin' Bill Anderson To Be Inducted Into America's Old Time Country Music Hall Of Fame In Iowa

A Tradition of Traditional Music FOr 35 Years

Grand Ole Opry Moves This Week's Shows To Other Nashville Venues Due To Flooding

New 3-CD Box Set From Hank Williams' Mother's Best Recordings Due November 3rd On Time Life

Ray Price Concert October 2 At Acuff Theatre In Nashville

Canadian Country Music Week and Awards At-A-Glance

Indiana Unversity Press Announces 'The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers' by Jocelyn R. Neal

Johnny Cash and the Paradox of American Identity

CMA Announces Roy Clark, Barbara Mandrell, And Charlie Mccoy As Newest Members Of Country Music Hall Of Fame

The Historic Hank Williams Box Set From Time Life The Unreleased Recordings Scheduled To Street October 28th

WRAS / Gate City Radio Features Author Wayne Daniel Commentary on Country Music in World War II

42nd Annual Tennessee Valley Old-Time Fiddlers Convention

Nowhwere But Texas 2 Shares Stories Of Texas Spirit and Texas Past, Including Big D Jamboree

18th Annual Hank Snow Tribute to be held Aug 14-17 in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

New Home for America's Largest Traditional Music Event

National Endowment for the Arts Announces 2008 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Recipients, Including Mac Wiseman

International Country Music Conference 25th Annual Gathering in Nashville May 22 - 24

Old Town School Of Folk Music Presents The 11th Annual Chicago Folk & Roots Festival

1st Annual Delfest Complete Line-Up Announced! May 23-25, Cumberland, Maryland

Hank Williams Tribute featuring an award winning artist—Jake Penrod

Book Results In Redemption For Once-Forgotten Fiddler And His World-Famous Song

News & Events
Obituary: Allen (Slim) Roberts

Gordie Tapp of ’Hee Haw’ and CBC fame dead at 94

Obituary: Marcella Isaac, known as Marcia Hall, Minnesota lead guitarist

Grand Ole Opry Star Jean Shepard Dies at 82

RIP Judy Perkins, Last Of The 'Midwestern Hayride' Stars

Obituary: Jim McCoy

Melvin Goins remembered for contributions to bluegrass music

Ralph Stanley, bluegrass legend, dead at 89

Johnny Seay, Grammy nominee killed in Central Texas plane crash

Kitty Withrow, Singer with Rhythm Rascals, Radio Entertainer, 93

Legendary Calgary 'country gentleman' Ray Griff dies at the age of 75

Merle Haggard, poet of common man, is dead at 79

Cliff Warren, 1940s Country and Western Singer Passes at 94

Country singer Sonny James dies at age 87

Judy Arthur, of Judy and Jen and WOWO Hoosier Hop

Curtis Potter, Country Music Entertainer Passes

Ramblin' Lou Schriver, soul of country music in WNY, has died

Red Simpson dies at 81; musician's trucker songs helped drive the Bakersfield sound

Ray Schacht (Carl Stuart) Passes

Patsy Stoneman, country music royalty, dead at 90

Buddy Emmons, innovator on pedal steel guitar, dies at 78

Legendary producer Billy Sherrill dies

Lynn Anderson, singer of 'Rose Garden,' dead at 67

Grand Ole Opry star Jim Ed Brown dies aged 81 after battle with lung cancer

Famed Texas fiddler Johnny Gimble dies at 88

Dusty Owens, Star of WWVA Jamboree, Songwriter of hits such as Once More, Passes at 84

Little Jimmy Dickens, beloved Opry star, dies at 94

Embert Mishler, Long-time Country Music Performer

Lois Pierson, Last Surviving Member of Jimmy and Dick, The Novelty Boys

George Hamilton IV Dies Age 77; Long time Grand Ole Opry Veteran

Dick Hill, Long time country singer, radio host and country music historian, passes away at 84

Ed Wallace, 90, Last Surviving Member of Sunshine Boys

Georgia Mae, The Girl With The White Guitar And Triple Yodel, Dies At 93

Vivian Burke of Smokey Mountain Girls Passes Away at 90

Obituary for George Riddle

Russ Garner, Country Music Singer Passes in Crawford, Nebraska

Charlie Haden dies at 76; Grammy-winning bassist pushed boundaries of jazz, early child singer as Little Cowboy Charlie

East Tennessee country star Lois Johnson dies

Acclaimed Maine country singer Betty Cody dies at 92

Jimmy C. Newman, Cajun country pioneer, dies at 86

Famed steel player Weldon Myrick dies at 76

Penny DeHaven Loses Battle With Cancer

Nora Martin, Former Western and Cowboy Movie Singing Star

Smokey Smith, Former Des Moines radio and television personality, entertainer, recording artist and promoter, Dies at 91

Nellie Bellman, Known as Western Nell in the 1940s, dies at 93

Charlie Mercer of Mercer Brothers Duo Dies at 89

Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers dies at 74

Steel guitar master John Sibert dies

Influential country singer Ray Price dead at 87

Leon Ashley Passes Away At 77

Johnnie White, leader of Sons of the West and owner of The Little Nashville Club in North Hollywood

America’s Last Medicine-Show Performer Tommy Scott Dies At 96

Cal Smith, voice of ‘Country Bumpkin’ and other hits, dies at age 81

Marvin Rainwater, country crooner behind 'Gonna Find Me a Bluebird,' dead at 88

Tompall Glaser, outlaw country artist, dies at 79

Country star 'Cowboy Jack' Clement dies at age 82 after battling liver cancer

Darlene M. Adam, The Hi Neighbor Girl

Ruth Hewitt, Of Johnson Sisters and WGN Barn Dance, Passes Away At 89

Charles Carr dies at 79; driver on Hank Williams Sr.'s final trip

Tommy Wiggins, Hank Williams and Others Announced as Off-Camera Winners for the 48th Annucal Academy of Country Music Awards

Tom Tall, Passes Away at 75

Chet Flippo, veteran music journalist, dead at 69

Cora Houpt, Country Singer With Tumbleweed Caravan and The Lone Rangers

Slim Whitman, Yodeling Country Singer With a Regular-Guy Image, Dies at 90

George Jones, Country Music Legend Dead At 81

Hardrock Gunter obituary

Gordon Stoker, leader of Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, dies, bringing legendary group to end

Sammy Masters, 50s Country and Western, Rockabilly Star for Five Decades

Jack Greene, Grand Ole Opry star and first CMA male vocalist, dies at age 83

Patricia Macnab, Original Smile Sisters Duo

Country singer Claude King dies at 90

Peggy Clark (Nellie Brown) KCMO Cowtown Jubilee Star

Bartow Henry, Star of WSB Crossroads Follies

Tex Stone, Led the Sundowners; Lonestar Ranch

John Penny, Founder The John Penny Band

Somber day in 'Boomtown' with death of TV cowboy Rex Trailer

Gerry Robichaud, New England famed Fiddler

Obituary: James Renfro of the Renfro Brothers Duo

Obituary: Eddie Burns

Obituary: Frank Page

Obituary: Vern Stovall

Patti Page, ‘Tennessee Waltz’ singer, dies at 85

Obituary: Shorty Holloway

Obituary: Dottie Brisco

Glenn Thompson, Blue Ridge Entertainers and Dixie Playboys

Fred Mack, Leader of Echo Valley Rangers

Mary Jane (Johnson) Dodson

Rollin “Oscar” Sullivan, longtime ‘Opry’ star with duo Lonzo and Oscar, dies at age 93

Obituary: Balin' Wire Bob Strack

Obituary: Bernie Waldon

Kitty Wells, ‘Queen of Country Music,’ dies at 92

Paul (Tex) Regan, Ohio Disc Jockey and Country Music Singer

(Everett) Lilly remembered as musician, father, friend

Doc Watson dies at 89 in North Carolina

Yodeler Kenny Roberts Passes

Earl Scruggs, Country Music Hall of Famer, dies at age 88

Charlie Lamb, founding board member of the CMA, dies

Bertha Amburgey (Minnie) of the Amburgey Sisters

Musicians Hall of Famer Billy Strange, songwriter for Elvis and Sinatra, dies at 81

Dock Cook, Member of the Dixie Drifters

Obituary: Eddie Cletro

Obituary: Popular western singer Evelyn Stevens (McKinney Sisters)

Obituary: Alice (Lonnie Lynne) LaCour

Jody Rainwater, bluegrass pioneer, radio personality dies at 92

Obituary: Nancy Lee of the Hilltoppers

Vidor country singer Billie Jo Spears remembered as feisty star

Neva Wise (aka Kitty Hawkins)

Jeanette Hicks, Former KWKH Louisiana Hayride Star

Tommy Doss, Former Member Sons of the Pioneers in 1949

Songwriter, Singer Liz Anderson Dies At 81

Billy Barton, Country Music Songwriter and Rockabilly Legend

Country Johnny Mathis, songwriter and recording artist, dies at age 80

Johnnie Wright, country star and husband of Kitty Wells, dies at 97

Wilma Lee Cooper: Longtime 'Opry' star was link to country's past

Country music pioneer Wade Mainer dies at 104

Joe Paul Nichols, Traditional Country Music Singer

Obit: Nationally-known humorist and broadcast personality Cactus Pryor

Gotta travel on: Noted guitarist, singer Billy Grammer dies at age 85

Marshall Grant dies at 83; bass player, manager for Johnny Cash

‘Greatest fiddler in bluegrass,’ Kenny Baker, dies at 85

Country Music great Joe Taylor dies

Musician Hazel Dickens dead at 75

Don Chapman, Disc Jockey, Part of WJJD Western Gentlemen, Dies at 74

Steel guitar innovator Ralph Mooney dies at 82

CMA Announces Bobby Braddock, Reba Mcentire and Jean Shepard as Newest Members of Country Music Hall Of Fame

Country Music Hall of Famer Ferlin Husky dies at 85

Jean Dinning, who wrote 'Teen Angel,' dies at 86

Obituary: Bobby Boyle

Country Music Legend ‘Doc’ Williams Dies At 96

Charlie Louvin dies at 83

Pedal steel great Buddy Charleton dies at 72

Obituary: James O'Gwynn, Smiling Irishman Of Country Music

Margaret Whiting dies at 86; pop singer mentored by Johnny Mercer

Dugg Collins. Famed Country DJ Dead At 67

John (J. D.) Jarvis, World War II Vet and Bluegrass Musician, Passes Away at 86

Jack Paget, Canadian Country Artist, Dies at 93

Luke Gordon Passes Away at 78

Solemn Old Judge Days slated for weekend

Benny Ketchum, Country Singer, Dies at 76

Country singer Bill Phillips dies at 74

George Kent Passes Away at 75

Arlene Johnson, Known as Yodeling Arlee, Died at 87 in 2007

Adeline J. Chroniak; Performed as Sally the Yodeling Cowgirl

Country Music Legend Johnny Carson Dies

John Aylesworth dies at 81; co-creator of TV's 'Hee Haw'

Fred Carter, Jr., Session Musician Dies at 76

Legendary Songwriter Hank Cochran Dies

Lattie Moore, Father of Rock-A-Billy, Dies at 85

Jimmy Dean, Singer and Businessman, Dies at 81

Country singer Judy Lynn Kelly dies in Jeffersonville Indiana

Jimmy (The Flying Cowboy) Kish Passes Away In Nashville at 84

Hoyt (Slim) Bryant / Dormont guitarist shook up the regional country music scene near Pittsburgh

Hoot Borden; Bus Driver For Ernest Tubb, Willie Nelson and other stars

Edgar A. (Bud) Moore Jr., Local Clearfield, Pennsylvania Popular Entertainer

Shelby Lathouwers (Shelby Jean Davis), 1926-2010: Radio’s ‘Little Mountain Sweetheart’

Betty Soflin of the Soflin Sisters, Singers on KMA, KFNF and KFAB in 1940s and 1950s

Glenn Osborn, Steel Guitarist, WIBW Kansas Roundup

Hank Williams among 2010 Pulitzer winners

William (Cub) McGee, Fiddler, Age 83

Rockabilly icon Dale Hawkins dead of cancer; Wrote 'Oh! Suzie Q'

Tommy Riddle, Country Singer, Tidewater Jamboree Star Passes Away at 82

Billy Deaton, Longitme Booking Agent to Country Greats, Dies At 74

Country Music Hall Of Famer Carl Smith Dies At 82

Obituary: Big Bill Lister, Country Entertainer and Former Member of Drifting Cowboys

Obituary: Mack Curtis, Country Musician For Elvis, Conway Twitty and George Jones Among Others

Obituary: Riley Shepard

Bob Bone: Professional fiddler was devoted to his family

Kitty Wells' daughter Ruby Wright dies at age 69

Shelby Singleton, famed producer, record executive and promoter, dies at 77

Obituary: Tennessee Smith, Original Member of Sunshine Boys Quartet

Guitar, studio wizard Les Paul dies at 94

Obituaries: Margaret Johnson (Peggy Neville), Canadian Country Singer

Early bluegrass musician and radio DJ Bill Reid dies

Paul Hemphill, Author and Journalist

Herman G. (Jiggs) Lemley, Former Steel Guitar Player for Hawkshaw Hawkins

Country music stars remember Vern Gosdin's golden voice

Funeral services pending for singing cowboy, Monte Hale

Hal Durham, manager and announcer who revitalized 'Opry,' dies

Jean Perron, Former WWVA Jamboree Performer, Passes Away at 70

Jimmy Stephens, New England Country Gentleman and Star of WWVA Jamboree, Died in 2006

Country discovery is reel find

Obituary (2008): Rusty Gill

Obituary: Carolyn DeZurik Gill

Jimmy Boyd, Actor and Child Singer, Dies at 70

Grand Ole Opry great Hank Locklin dies at 91

Miss Avian, Country Music Entertainer, Wife of Uncle George Featherstone for 60 Years Passed Away at 79

Grand Ole Opry star Ernie Ashworth dies at age of 80

Buck Griffin Has Died

Alma (Jerry) Whitman, Wife of Country Singer Slim Whitman; Married 67 Years

Odey Crabtree, Radio and Television Country Star From West Virginia Dies at 72

Molly Bee dies at 69; country singer

Russ Garner To Be Honored At Crawford Eagle Club

Tony Booth Birthday Bash at the Thirsty Parrot in Monaville, TX

Steel guitarist and Branson fixture Tom Brumley dies at 73

Ray Layman, 86, WIBW Entertainer in 1940s and 1950s; Part of Ray and Elda Duet Act

Country music pioneer Clyde Joy dies at 92

Country music star Reg Lindsay dies

Steel guitarist, writer, producer Walter Haynes dies at 80

Encore! Encore! Come Meet Country Music Legend, Hoyt (Slim) Bryant At Borders (on Rte 19) on January 19 From 1 to 3pm

Danny Dill, Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame (Detroit City, Long Black Veil, etc.); of Annie Lou and Danny; Former Member of Grand Ole Opry. Passed Away in October

Christian singer-songwriter Ray Overholt dies at 84

Jack Reno, Famed singer, radio host dies at 72

Merle Haggard recovering after lung surgery at Memorial Hospital

George (Rusty) Bertolero, of Popular Central California Country Group Sagebrush Serenaders, Passes Away at 92

Expressway to be named for Lee Mace, Founder of Ozark Opry

'Grand Ole Opry' member Charlie Walker dies at age 81

Musician, actor Jerry Reed dies at 71

Music Row loses its heartbeat after Buddy Harman dies

Steel player behind Hank Sr. classics, Don Helms, dies at 81

Star singer, media man Chester Smith of Modesto Dies

Jo Stafford, Wistful Voice of WWII Era, Dies at 90

William E. (Cowboy Bill) Newcomb Passes Away at 95

Buster Jenkins Passes Away at 81

Goober Buchanan, Country Music Entertainer, Dies at 100

Walter David (D) Kilpatrick, Manager who gave new life to Grand Ole Opry in 1950s dies

Moonshine Festival kicks off May 22 in Zanesville, Ohio

Pride's sweet baritone prevails

Music man to set market mood; Charley Pride's director highlights event for area farmers

The Late Conway Twitty To Be Honored By 43rd Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards With Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award

Gospel great Dottie Rambo dead at 74

Jerry Wallace, who sang 1959 hit 'Primrose Lane,' dead at 79

Country music legend Eddy Arnold dies

Guido D'Amico, The Italian Cowboy

Hee Haw’s Jim Hager dies

Glenn Barber Passes Away at 73

Country legend Merle Haggard plans Modesto show

Country music comedian Jim Nesbitt dies

Carl Kramer; country musician; Country Boy Eddie show

Bill Bolick, Original Member of the Blue Sky Boys Dies at 90

Thelma Holland, 84 / Musician was '40s radio pioneer

Eddy Arnold's wife dies in Williamson hospital

May H. Fulmer, of Miccolis Sisters, Passes Away

Ozarks music legend Speedy Haworth passes away at age 85

Charley Ryan, Writer and Singer of 'Hot Rod Lincoln' Passes Away At 92

Country music singer Bobby Lord dies at 74

Folk legend Smoky Dawson dies

Country Music Hall welcomes a new class: Ernest V. (Pop) Stoneman; Statler Brothers; Tom T. Hall; Emmy Lou Harris

Cliff Japhet, Early Country Music Performer; Prolific Songwriter

Country music manager Jack D. Johnson dies

Bear Hug A U.S. Soldier for Memorial Day

Grande dame of Country Fest dies

Country Music Hall of Famer Ken Nelson dies

Winifred Gleysteen of the Doring Sisters, Passes Away

Sophia Germanich McElwaine, WLS 1930s Singing Star

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