The pioneering vocalist, who played a pivotal role in the history of rock and soul music, had suffered a litany of health issues in recent years.
Jerry Lee Lewis has died at age 87
The iconic rock ‘n’ roll pioneer and last living member of the “Million-Dollar Quartet” — whose meteoric rise collapsed almost as quickly as he ascended, thanks to scandal — has died at age 87.
Beloved character actor and Tennessee native Leslie Jordan dies at 67
Jordan was best known for his role on “Will and Grace.” But he also built a sizable social media following during the pandemic, posting silly, homemade videos to his 5 million followers. In addition to jokes and entertainment gossip, Jordan posted a recurring feature titled “Sunday Mornin’ Hymn Singin'” in which he would sing hymns from his childhood.
Remembering Tennessee’s Hector Black, A Champion For Peace ‘Until His Dying Breath’
Tennessee peace activist Hector Black died recently at the age of 95. He was best known for forgiving the man who murdered his daughter and pleading with a judge not to give him the death penalty. He leaves a legacy of compassion, justice and incredible forgiveness.
Reavis Mitchell, Prominent Nashville Historian And Fisk University Leader, Dies At 72
One of Nashville’s most well-known historians, and a longtime administrator at Fisk University, has died at age 72.
A Nashville COVID-19 Victim Remembered As ‘A Blessed Guy’
Family members of Travis Dillard say he loved making money. But he also felt called to use it taking care of others. Dillard died of complications of COVID-19 April 7, and a story has been on his nephew’s mind ever since then.
Lives Lost In The Pandemic: Betty Jo Dove, The Gallatin Grandmother ‘With 9-Plus Lives’
As of mid-April, at least 135 Tennesseans have died of COVID-19. And for most, a funeral is not an option. So WPLN News is launching a project to remember the lives lost during this pandemic. Betty Jo Dove, of Gallatin, died April 8.
Soft-Spoken Country Music Hall Of Famer Don Williams Dies
Smooth-singing Don Williams has died after a short illness. The Country Music Hall of Famer was known for being soft-spoken. Even many of his hits, like “It Must Be Love” were low-key.