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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Paul Craft
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Paul Craft

Paul Craft, who wrote such country classics as "Dropkick Me Jesus," for Bobby Bare, "Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life," recorded by Moe Bandy, and the Mark Chesnutt hit "Brother Jukebox," died October 18th, shortly after celebrating his induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Born in Memphis and raised in Arkansas, Craft scored his earliest hits for Skeeter Davis and Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs. Others who have recorded his songs include Ray Stevens, Gail Davies, Linda Ronstadt, Willie Nelson and dozens of bluegrass acts such as Claire Lynch, Larry Sparks and the Osborne Brothers. In the 1970s, Craft also recorded several albums of his own. An independent spirit, he rarely co-wrote and also self-published most of his songs. Craft was 76.

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