Jean Shepard: A Staunch Defender of True Country Music (RIP)

Jean Shepard: A Staunch Defender of True Country Music (RIP)

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One of the first women in country music to break down the gender barrier, and a six decade member of the Grand Ole Opry, has died. Jean Shepard, famous for recording such iconic songs as “A Satisfied Mind,” “Beautiful Lies,” and her duet with Ferlin Husky on the iconic “A Dear John Letter” passed away Sunday, September 24th. She was 82-years-old.

Born Ollie Imogene Shepard November 21st, 1933 in Oklahoma, but later migrating to the Bakersfield area of California, her first brush with music came in the form of the all female band the Melody Ranch Girls in 1948. She was discovered by Hank Thompson a few years later and signed to Capitol Records in 1952.

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