In Memoriam: Country Stars We Lost in 2014

A pop-country icon and the International Ambassador of Country Music were just a few of the legendary singers who died in 2014

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Bob Montgomery

Texas-born performer, writer, producer and music publisher Bob Montgomery lost his battle with Parkinson's disease at age 77. Montgomery was paired with future rock icon Buddy Holly in a country and rockabilly duo, writing several songs recorded by Holly and his band, the Crickets, as well as tunes for Patsy Cline and Eddy Arnold, among others. One of his best-known compositions, "Misty Blue," was a pop, R&B and country hit recorded most famously by Dorothy Moore and Wilma Burgess. In 1968, Montgomery produced the hugely popular "Honey," by Bobby Goldsboro, and oversaw the country division of the United Artists label. His publishing company, House of Gold, was responsible for such massive hits as "Behind Closed Doors" by Charlie Rich and "Wind Beneath My Winds," a country hit for Gary Morris and a pop smash for Bette Midler.

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