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Country Singer Porter Wagoner Dies at 80

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Country Singer Porter Wagoner Dies at 80

Country Singer Porter Wagoner Dies at 80

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

And you might want to get up and jiggle to this song.

(Soundbite of song, "Company's Comin'")

Mr. PORTER WAGONER (Singer): (Singing) Oh, mama, I'm excited. I'm almost out of breath, when I saw the light that made me run myself to death. I was on the mountain side when I looked down below, and glory be, I thought I'd better come and let you know that we've got company coming, company coming. We've got company coming up the road. They're down the road...

MONTAGNE: That's country music star Porter Wagner singing "Company's Comin.'" He died yesterday at the age of 80 after being hospitalized for lung cancer.

Porter Wagner joined Nashville's Grand Ole Opry 50 years ago. Ten years later, he hired a young lady by the name of Dolly Parton as his duet partner.

Wagner was known as much for his outfits as his music. The Opry's Web site says it only took a flash of the lining of one of Wagner's famously splendiferous, eye-boggling suits and a few of his well-timed lines for any Opry audience to look right at home.

(Soundbite of song, "Company's Comin'")

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