Grand Ole Opry star George Hamilton IV dead at 77

September 18, 2014 2:48 PM

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Grand Ole Opry star George Hamilton IV dead at 77

George Hamilton IV, the International Ambassador of Country Music, died on Wednesday following a heart attack over the weekend. The 77-year-old will be remembered for his songs, his crossover from pop to country and for inspiring what fans know today as the CMA Music Festival.

"Abilene," a John D. Loudermiilk co-written hit from 1963, is his best-known song, but Hamilton scored others with "Before This Day Ends," "Three Steps to the Phone" and "She's a Little Bit Country." The majority of his country radio success came between 1960 and 1973. In total he notched nine Top 1...

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