Country singer Randy Travis at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville on June 7.
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July 11, 2013 The singer was hospitalized on Sunday for treatment of a viral respiratory illness. He was also diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Travis, 54, suffered a stroke on Wednesday and underwent surgery that night to relieve pressure on his brain.
Slim Whitman arriving at Heathrow Airport in 1976.
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June 19, 2013 Whitman was at one point known as "America's Favorite Folksinger," but he was far more popular overseas. His music saved the Earth from aliens in the comedy Mars Attacks!
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George Jones in the late 1980s.
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April 26, 2013 Starting in 1959 and for decades after, he recorded some of country's greatest songs, including "He Stopped Loving Her Today." Jones was 81.
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