Legendary Country Producer Billy Sherrill Dead at Age 78

BMICountry Music Hall of Fame member Billy Sherrill died Tuesday morning following a short illness.  He was 78 years old.

Sherrill is best known for producing country standards such as Charlie Rich's "Behind Closed Doors," George Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and Tammy Wynette's "Stand by Your Man," which he co-wrote with Tammy. He is credited with bringing a lush, orchestrated sound to country music.

Born in Phil Campbell, Alabama on November 5, 1936, Sherrill got his break in 1962 when Sun Records' Sam Phillips hired him as a producer and engineer in Nashville. He went on to Epic Records and wrote and produced David Houston's 1966 #1 country hit, "Almost Persuaded." That song went on to win three Grammy Awards.

Sherrill is the man who signed Tammy Wynette to Epic Records. He went on to work with artists ranging from Johnny Paycheck, Tanya Tucker, Barbara Mandrell and Shelby Lynne to Elvis Costello and Ray Charles. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Tim McGraw’s New Single, “Top of the World,” Got a Truly Out of This World Premiere

McGraw MusicTim McGraw debuted his brand-new single, "Top of the World," in a truly astronomical way. An exclusive 15-second clip of the song was sent to NASA and the International Space Station via Twitter on Monday. The crew of the International Space Station wrote back, "Thanks, @TheTimMcgraw! You’re on #TopOfTheWorld…we orbit around it."

Tim replied, "Maybe you’ll fly over my next concert. We love what you’re doing up there, pushing humanity forward. Keep up the great work!"

The track is now available at all digital retailers. "Top of the World" is the lead single from Tim's upcoming 14th studio album, due out this fall.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Reba's most recent album, released earlier this year? ANSWER: Love Somebody. Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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