Tragic Holidays for Country Music

The country music world has felt a loss this holiday season with the untimely deaths of artist Amie Comeaux and songwriter Kent Robbins, the passing of Ernest Tubb’s widow Olene Tubb, musician Floyd Cramer, and actor Denver Pyle.
Olene Tubb, widow of the late Ernest Tubb, played a vital part in her husband’s career by helping him book acts for his Midnight Jamboree and keeping the family finances in order. She was buried in Hermitage, Tennessee in the same cemetery as her late husband. She was 72 years old.

Songwriter Kent Robbins, who penned hits for artists such as Ronnie Milsap, Charley Pride, Tanya Tucker, The Judds, John Anderson, Trisha Yearwood, and Steve Wariner, died at the age of 50 in a car accident near Clanton, Alabama when he fell asleep at the wheel.

A car accident also claimed the life of the talented, young songstress Amie Comeaux. The 21-year-old recording artist died near Lacombe, Louisiana when her car lost control on a rain-slick highway and struck a tree.

Cancer was responsible for the deaths of Floyd Cramer and Denver Pyle. Cramer, who is credited as one of the creators of the “Nashville Sound,” recorded with Patsy Cline and Elvis and made records of his own. He was 64. Pyle who is best known to country fans for his role as “Uncle Jesse” on The Dukes of Hazzard, was 77. He also stared in movies such as The Alamo and Maverick and appeared on the TV shows Gunsmoke,The Doris Day Show, and The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams.