Saturday, December 20, 2014

Jimmy C. Newman | Opry musician, 86

Grand Ole Opry member Jimmy C. Newman, 86, known for mixing Cajun and country music, has died. Opry publicist Jessie Schmidt confirmed Mr. Newman died in Nashville on Saturday after a brief illness.

Originally from Louisiana, Mr. Newman joined the Opry in 1956 after notching five straight Top 10 records, including "Seasons Of My Heart." In 1957, he earned his highest-charting record with "A Fallen Star," which reached No. 2 on the Billboard country chart and No. 23 on the pop chart.

Mr. Newman also offered a boost to a teenage Dolly Parton by allowing her to take part of his "Friday Night Opry" stage time in 1959 so that she could make her debut on the show.

He last performed at the Opry on June 6, with his band, Cajun Country.

Career honors include induction into the Cajun Music Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. - AP
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