Joe Paul Nichols passes away, fought Lou Gerhig’s disease

Texas Country Music entertainer Joe Paul Nichols passed away on Wednesday morning at his home near Jacksboro, Texas. He was 69. Nichols had been battling Lou Gerhig’s disease for four years. Nichols started listening to the Grand Ole Opry, Louisianna Hayride and the Big D Jamboree as a child. In 1957, at the age of …

Jimmy Dean dies at age 81

RICHMOND, Va. – Jimmy Dean, a country music legend for his smash hit about a workingman hero, “Big Bad John,” and an entrepreneur known for his sausage brand, died on Sunday. He was 81. His wife, Donna Meade Dean, said her husband died at their Henrico County, Va., home. She told The Associated Press that …